Diabetes and Leg, Heart Vascular and Leg2019-07-24T22:49:13+00:00

How Diabetes Affects Leg and Heart Vascular and Leg

Diabetes can harm the body in many ways, including damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the legs. As a result, many people with diabetes experience serious medical complications with their legs and feet that can affect every aspect of their lives.

Left untreated, these medical conditions in the legs and feet can lead to amputations. An estimated 73,000 people with diabetes undergo amputations each year, according to the American Diabetes Association. Approximately 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diagnosed diabetes .

But with timely treatment, many amputations are preventable. And it is our mission at the Vein and Vascular Center to make Kern County amputation-free. If you or a loved one has diabetes and symptoms of leg or foot pain, swelling or chronic wounds, call today for an appointment: 661-324-4100.

How does diabetes affect the legs and feet?

Atherosclerosis: Because people living with diabetes cannot process glucose properly, glucose can build up in the blood stream. This excess glucose can cause fatty deposits to build up in the blood vessels, which constricts blood flow to the legs and feet. Over time, the deposits can amass to the point where it blocks blood flow and causes the blood vessels to harden. This is called atherosclerosis.

Diabetic neuropathy: High glucose levels can also damage nerves, a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes can damage nerve fibers throughout the body, but it most often affects the legs and feet. Neuropathy can be painful, debilitating, and even deadly if not treated.

In other words, unmanaged diabetes severely compromises your circulatory and nervous system, which leads to a host of issues in your legs and feet.

What types of leg and foot symptoms do people with diabetes experience?

Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating. It is important to talk to your doctor about everything you are experiencing and to address any symptoms right away. You can call 661-324-4100 for a same-day appointment.

Damage to the blood vessels and nerves may cause a wide range of symptoms in the legs and feet, such as:

  • Pain in the calves when walking
  • Cold feet
  • Calluses on the feet
  • Dry and cracked skin
  • Numbness and an inability to feel pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Leg pain and cramps
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Fungal and yeast infections on the feet
  • Foot ulcers

How can I prevent complications?

While the possibility for complications is real, don’t let that alarm you: leg and foot problems such as debilitating pain and wounds are treatable and amputations are often preventable.

There are three things you can do to prevent these medical conditions:

  1. Keep your diabetes in check. This means you need to work closely with your care providers to manage your blood sugar, get regular screenings at least every six months, report and manage any symptoms you experience, and stick to your treatment plan and prescribed diet and exercise plan.
  1. Reduce risk factors that you can control. You might not be able to erase your diabetes, but there are other risk factors for leg complications that you can control. Smoking, obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity are all risk factors you can manage. Talk to your doctor for help minimizing your risks.
  1. Practice good leg and foot care. You must take good care of your legs and feet. Keep your feet clean and dry, inspect them daily for trouble spots, wear good shoes and socks at all times, and move often to improve blood flow to your legs. When you come for a visit at the Vein & Vascular Center, ask your physician for tips on proper leg care.

The Vein and Vascular Center Can Help Prevent Diabetic Leg Problems

Our team of medical experts at the Vein and Vascular Center in Bakersfield, CA is trained in all aspects of diabetic leg and foot care. Our main focus is preventing amputations and helping people successfully manage their conditions so they can live full and long lives.

Our thorough screening process, diligence to patient wellness, and world-class diagnostics and treatments means that we are well-equipped to help people with diabetes prevent and manage their leg and vascular issues.

We have the training and technologies to treat all types of diabetic vascular and leg issues, such as:

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Leg and foot swelling and cramping
  • Varicose veins
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Our 9-in-1 Solution means you can get all of your treatments for diabetic leg and foot problems under one roof – from superficial vein checks to visits with a wound physician. In fact, many patients leave our office feeling vastly better after their very first treatment at the office.

Call us today to schedule an appointment: 661-324-4100.