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Diabetes Can Increase the Risk of Foot Joint Problems

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 00:00

People with diabetes may be at an increased risk of developing various joint problems, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and Charcot foot. Diabetes can cause a decrease in sensation in the lower limbs, make the ligaments of the feet more lax, and increase joint instability. These factors, coupled with small, repetitive, poorly-healing trauma to the joints, can lead to joint damage. Elevated blood sugar levels can also cause molecular and structural changes to the cartilage in the joints, exacerbating the problem. If you have diabetes and notice problems with the joints in your feet, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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