Q Why is the risk of infection higher with diabetes?
The increased risk of infection with diabetes has to do with poor circulation and neuropathy (nerve damage). High glucose levels can injure nerve fibers in your feet, which in turn inhibits your ability to feel pain, heat or cold. This loss of sensation increases your risk for infection as you may not be aware when an injury occurs.
Glucose levels can also cause blood vessels to narrow which hinders circulation. Once an injury has occurred, poor blood flow often slows down the healing process. When a wound remains unhealed, the risk for infection is highly increased especially when a patient is unaware of the problem. A foot ulcer is a common condition of the diabetic foot.
If you have diabetes, inspect your feet every day. Even the smallest of symptoms or injuries warrants a call to Dr. Danciger. An infection can spread quickly and when circulation is poor and healing time is longer than usual, you could be facing a serious situation. Don’t wait – make an appointment today by calling our office at (760) 568-0108 or request one on our homepage.