What Questions Do You Have?
- Why Do My Feet or Ankles Hurt?
- My Feet Are Numb or Tingling
- Tell Me About My Diabetes
- I Want To Keep Playing Sports
- What About My Child's Feet?
- Do I Have An Ingrown Toenail?
- Do I Have An Infection?
- Do I Have A Bunion?
- Why Do My Heels Hurt?
- Why Are My Toes Curling?
- Am I Walking/Running Correctly?
- What Is This On My Skin?
- Do I Need Orthotics?
- What Shoes Should I Buy?
- Should I See/Call The Doctor?
- Do I Need Surgery?
- Tell Me About My Foot
- What Is Podiatry?
- Who Do You Treat?
- Where Can I Get Registration Forms?
- How Do I Request An Appointment?
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How do I know if I have diabetes?
You can have your fasting blood glucose tested at your primary care physician's office. A fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or higher is indicative of diabetes.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
Extreme hunger even if you are eating
Slow healing wounds
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your physician.
Why Do Diabetics Have Foot Problems?
Diabetes has become a common problem in the United States, and the world. This disease has continued to increase and is causing multiple complications throughout the body. These complications are usually a symptom of tissue failing to function as they are designed. This can include poor circulation, decreased ability of the immune system to function, and failure of the nerves to function properly.
In fact, a simple explanation is "sugar coating" the tissues of the body. As the nerves, cells of the immune system or blood vessels are coated, they start to malfunction or may even fail. This can affect many areas of the body, from diabetic neuropathy to heart problems or peripheral vascular disease to non-healing wounds. These are seen throughout the body, but the areas furthest from the body are most affected. For this reason, foot problems become more common in diabetics.
With diabetes, the foot is affected as one of the locations of the body furthest from the body:
- Peripheral Neuropathy - Because the nerves to the feet are furthest from the brain and spinal cord
- Peripheral Vascular Disease - Because the blood vessels are the furthest from the heart
- Immune System/Poor Wound Healing - Because the tissues are furthest from the central area or the body