Beyond causing extreme discomfort, diabetic foot pain is a sign that you have advanced disease, including nerve damage and circulation problems. As soon as you experience diabetic foot pain, it’s essential to seek comprehensive medical care from Nirav Patel, DO, at Premier Vascular. Dr. Patel is an expert in treating the causes of diabetic foot pain, providing intensive wound care and preventing amputation. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City, or Yonkers, New York.
People with diabetes have a high risk of developing foot pain due to two conditions called peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease.
When diabetes isn’t kept under control, your blood sugar levels stay persistently high. High blood sugar gradually damages the nerves in your feet, a condition called peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy may diminish the sense of touch in your feet and cause numbness or sensations such as tingling. However, nerve damage also causes burning, aching, and sharp pain.
Neuropathic pain may be worse at night, causing such intense pain that it disrupts your sleep. You may also feel pain in response to a light touch that’s normally painless.
PAD occurs when cholesterol plaque builds up in a leg vein, a condition called atherosclerosis. As the plaque gets larger and blocks the flow of blood, your skin, muscles, and other tissues are deprived of oxygen and nutrients.
A classic symptom of PAD is leg pain when you walk that feels better when you rest. Other symptoms may include:
Your risk of PAD significantly increases if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Diabetic foot pain is a red flag telling you to seek help from Dr. Patel. By the time diabetes progresses enough to cause foot pain, your blood sugar has been high for a long time. That means you’re at high risk for PAD and complications such as:
These are all serious complications that cause tissue death or extensive infections that ultimately require amputation.
Treating diabetic foot pain takes a multimodal approach that includes managing your blood sugar and treating PAD. Dr. Patel specializes in limb salvage, which means he takes every possible step to save a foot that would otherwise need an amputation.
Limb salvage encompasses therapies such as:
If you suffer from diabetic foot pain, don’t wait to seek medical care. Call Premier Vascular or book an appointment online today.