Elevated or fluctuating glucose levels tend to dry out your skin and make it prone to cracks. This can leave you open to bacterial infections. Your feet are particularly vulnerable to this. Painful calluses can form on your feet as well. Since diabetes weakens your immune system, small problems like blisters can easily degenerate into ulcers. Another diabetic complication—neuropathy—often means you’re not able to feel damage to the skin on your feet, allowing injuries to develop and go untreated more easily.
You need to invest in diabetic skin care to help avoid serious complications in your lower limbs. Make sure you contact the foot doctors here at Martin Foot and Ankle right away if you notice any changes in your skin when you perform daily foot inspections. Catching a potential problem early is key for successful treatments. Call (717) 757-3537 or use our contact page to reach our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA offices.