Dr. Jayesh Patel Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon

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Diabetic Foot Care

For people with diabetes, having too much glucose (sugar) in their blood for a long time can cause some serious complications, including foot and skin problems, as well as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, and other problems.

Symptoms

  • Burning, Tingling, or Painful feet.
  • Loss of sensation to heat, cold, or touch.
  • Changes to the color or shape of your feet.
  • Loss of hair on the toes, feet, and lower legs.
  • Thickening and yellowing of the toenails.
  • Onset of red spots, blisters, sores, ulcers, infected corns, or ingrown toenails.

Treatment

For deep vein thrombosis, the main goal is to prevent pulmonary embolism. Hospitalization may be necessary at first, but because of the advances in treatment, most people with deep vein thrombosis can be treated at home. Bed rest is unnecessary except to help relieve symptoms.

People may be as active as they want. Physical activity does not increase the risk that a blood clot will break loose and cause a pulmonary embolism.

Uncontrolled diabetes can damage your nerves. If you have damaged nerves in your legs and feet, you might not feel heat, cold, or pain. This lack of feeling is called "sensory diabetic neuropathy.