Dry feet are a common symptom among those suffering from diabetes. If your feet become extremely dry, it may result in cracking. Cracking happens from a combination of dryness and excessive pressure, particularly in the heels. Excessive stress on your feet may cause your skin to slide back and forth, which can make small cracks on the bottom of your feet.
Cracking in your feet is extremely dangerous when connected with diabetes. It can cause further damage if you already experience nerve damage. Diabetes can damage your nerves causing a decrease in blood circulation, which is directly connected to loss of sensitivity. This means that if you do not regularly examine your feet you may not feel any cracks or skin abrasions. This allows for further damage as your skin may continue to break, which can result in other complications.
Also, cracked skin can easily lead to bacterial and fungal infections. Bacteria and fungi can enter your body through the smallest abrasions. Diabetics are even more likely to obtain an infection and it can easily spread. Your risk is higher because your immune system is lower and cuts and cracks can easily go unnoticed.
If you are currently suffering from diabetes, and experiencing dry feet, contact our Troy office at (248) 362-3338 or our Warren office at (586) 751-3338 to set up an appointment with Dr. Anthony Weinert. You may also request an appointment online at our website. Dry and cracking skin on your feet need to be taken seriously – especially if you have diabetes!