Examining the feet can offer important clues to diabetic foot health, as people with diabetes are at elevated risk of serious and disabling foot complications and amputations. Diabetes can affect the feet in two ways:
- Elevated blood sugars damage the sensitive nerves in your feet, which are important for detecting pain and trauma to your foot and temperature extremes. Which can often result in simple cuts or grazes developing into something nasty before you detect it.
- Changes associated with diabetes also affect the blood supply to the feet, as a result of damage to the small blood vessels, which supply your feet with the blood and nutrients required to maintain a healthy state.
Your podiatrist can monitor your nerve, blood vessel and foot health, which allows for early intervention and appropriate specialist referral.