Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?
We often educate our patients with diabetes about how neuropathy can lead to diabetic ulcers that can in many cases lead to a lower leg amputation.
However, many diabetic patients are unaware of their increased risk for vascular disease.
Vascular disease is an abnormal condition of the blood vessels. Blocked or narrowed blood vessels, including arteries and veins, can lead to vascular disease. Diabetes, even if it is well-managed, is a risk factor for developing vascular disease, such as peripheral arterial disease.
Take a step in the right direction by having your feet checked regularly. Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet, based on their education, training, and experience! Having a podiatrist as part of your health-care team can provide you with important information so you're able to better manage the effects of diabetes on your feet.
Whether you've recently been diagnosed or have been fighting the disease for years, we will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.
Common Signs of a Venous Ulcer:
• Shallow or superficial appearance
• Irregular shape
• Small to large
• Brownish in appearance
• Skin tends to be thick
• Painful, usually related to edema,
You’ll Most Likely Find a Venous Ulcer:
• On the lower leg and ankle
Common Signs of an Arterial Ulcer:
• Punched-out appearance
• Smooth wound edges
• Cool to the touch
• Skin is pale, shiny, taut, and thin
• Minimal to no hair growth on
• Painful, especially at night
You’ll Most Likely Find an Arterial Ulcer:
• On the side of the foot, but one
can occur anywhere on the lower
leg or foot
Information courtesy of APMA