November is American Diabetes Month – are you aware of the risks people who have diabetes face? Although we should all strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle, those who suffer with diabetes have a greater need to carefully manage their diet and blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, one area that is especially at risk is your feet. Your feet will experience nerve damage and low blood circulation, which will often result in dry skin. Persistent dry skin will eventually start to crack.
Walking, exercising and standing all cause pressure on your feet. This pressure, combined with dry skin causes the skin on your feet to crack. Most commonly, cracked skin will occur on the heel of the foot.
Cracked heels can cause walking, standing, and all forms of physical activity to become extremely painful and may even result in bleeding. Open areas, where your skin has cracked, are vulnerable to fungal and bacterial infections. This is especially dangerous when associated with diabetes because open sores can go un-noticed. Furthermore, the combination of poor blood circulation and un-noticed open sores can lead to severe bacterial infections.
If you are currently suffering from diabetes and are beginning to experience dry feet or cracked heels contact our office immediately at (203) 876-7736 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel. You may also visit our website to request an appointment online. Dry and cracked feet should be treated as quickly as possible to prevent serious and sometimes permanent damage to your feet.