Diabetes is a condition that requires diligent effort to keep blood glucose levels under control. When this fails to happen, your health can suffer. Two common conditions associated with the disease are neuropathy and poor circulation. It is the combination of these two factors that can make diabetic ulcers heal slowly, yet progress quickly.
Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can make it difficult for you to feel pain on the bottom of your foot, so you are at risk for continuing to walk on an open sore. This can cause a minor cut or scrape to turn into a non-healing ulcer, or an existing ulcer to worsen. In addition, when sugar levels remain high, blood vessels can become damaged and narrow, resulting in poor circulation. This means that important oxygen and nutrients do not get to a wound quickly, slowing the healing process.
If you have a wound in need of treatment, seek help immediately. The consequences could be serious and involve possible amputation. Contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates for expert diabetic foot care. Call our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.
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