Drs. Shaun J. Limon and Lisa Griffith-Limon of Limons Foot and Ankle Care Offer Diabetic Foot Care in Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, FL
When you have diabetes, proper foot care is imperative. The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so because of foot problems. In serious cases, infection can become so advanced that amputation is required. However, taking proper care of your feet can prevent most serious health problems that plague those with diabetes. In addition, regular checkups with Dr. Shaun J. Limon or Dr. Lisa Griffith-Limon of Limon Foot and Ankle Care can help you ensure that your feet are healthy in Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, FL.
Diabetes is a condition characterized by either a shortage of insulin in the body or by the body’s inability to use the insulin that is produced. Without insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, glucose levels in the blood can grow excessively high, leaving you susceptible to problems in many areas of your body and unable to fight off infection due to a weakened immune system.
One common reason that diabetics face problems with their feet is because of damaged nerves. Weakened nervous systems cannot effectively convey messages to the brain from the extremities, so many diabetics cannot feel their feet. This can impair normal sweat secretion and oil production, which leads to skin sores and an abnormal amount of pressure on the feet during walking. Because diabetes can also suppress the immune system, the body cannot heal from these wounds very often. If left untreated, these infections can cause gangrene, which may require amputation to ensure that it does not spread to the rest of your body.
If you are diabetic, it is important to wash and dry your feet daily, to use lotion to prevent cracking and to have your feet examined regularly, both by you and by your podiatrist. To schedule an appointment with either Dr. Shaun Limon or Dr. Lisa Griffith-Limon of Limon Foot and Ankle Care, call 941-756-6906 for the Bradenton office and (941) 782-8639 for the Lakewood Ranch office.