When you have diabetes, walking barefoot on the lawn or around the house is not a good idea. It might seem relaxing to kick off your shoes and socks, but the potential side effects—diabetic wounds—are not worth it. It doesn’t take much to develop ulcer symptoms. Even something as simple as walking barefoot can put you at risk because of how ulcers develop. Anything you do that creates a small skin problem can be the culprit.
Diabetic wounds are the result of a small injury deteriorating because of poor circulation and nerve damage. All it takes is a tiny cut or a small blister—just a slight break in the skin from stepping on something sharp or wearing tight shoes is enough. Diabetes impairs your circulation, which sharply limits your immune system. This means your foot’s tissues aren’t receiving enough nutrients and oxygen to repair even the small problems. Instead of beginning the healing process, tiny skin problems deteriorate under pressure and turn into wounds.
The pressure comes from continuing to walk on the little cut, blister, or other skin problem. Since that’s the case, you might wonder why people don’t stop walking on that foot until the problem is treated. That’s what’s supposed to happen, but one diabetic problem makes this harder: neuropathy.
Neuropathy damage means you might not even notice the blister or cut on your foot. Most people walk on developing ulcers because the break in the skin appears fairly suddenly and with very little warning, so they don’t realize they are endangering their feet. Because of nerve damage from neuropathy, you aren’t able to feel ulcer symptoms as they worsen. Unless you actively inspect your feet regularly, you won’t notice a problem until it’s too late.
Ulcer symptoms and open sores spring up fast, but they are treatable—and even preventable. Don’t let diabetic wound take control of your feet. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. will help you restore your lower limbs and live a healthy life with diabetes. Make an appointment today to discuss your diabetic foot care before you have issues by using our online request form. If you’ve noticed a problem, don’t wait! Call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment today at our Parker or Castle Pines, CO, offices.