How Sugar Affects Your Feet

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Sugar and your feetOld board games like Candy Land and new ones like Candy Crush Saga are fun to play and appeal to our basic love of the sweet stuff—no matter how bad it is for us. You may already know what high glucose levels do for your weight, internal organs, and skin, but have you ever thought about what sugar does to your feet?

Here are some facts:

  • You can experience nerve damage, because of the uncontrolled blood sugar levels of diabetes or pre-diabetes. This can result in numbness, tingling, or pain in your feet.
  • Your circulation can slow down, due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) from excess sugar being stored as fatty deposits inside blood vessel walls. The constricted blood flow can cause cold feet, damage to tissues, and poor healing of wounds.
  • Inflammation is increased, because of the excess of cytokines released into your blood stream. These proteins encourage cells to rush to areas of damage in your feet, say from arthritis or a tendon tear, resulting in more warmth, redness, fluid collection, pressure, and pain.

Because Parker Foot & Ankle specializes in treating neuropathy in the feet, we are especially aware of how diet affects your nerve health. We would rather you prevent nerve damage and inflammation in the first place than to have you suffer with foot pain. Along with excellent, state-of-the-art treatments like decompression and surgery to repair nerves in your feet and ankles, we offer advice and counseling on how to improve your diet to reduce the amount of nerve damage you incur in the first place.

You want healthy feet that don’t hurt, tingle, or feel numb, and we want to help you get there. Contact our office in Houston, TX today and come in for a consultation about your aching feet. Dial (281) 497-2850 or schedule an appointment using our online contact page and we’ll help you crush the sugar habit that’s hurting your feet.
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