Health-care providers often educate their 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 by a podiatrist. Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet, based on their education, training, and experience! When you add a podiatrist to your health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're able to better manage the the effects of diabetes on your feet.
Whether you've recently been diagnosed or have been fighting the disease for years, the resources below will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.