Diabetes is a serious disease that influences many parts of your body.
It is known that diabetes could cause harm to your foot health.
John Giurini, DPM, Chief of Podiatric Surgery, talks about how to deal with foot complications from diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to nerve damage, causing a loss of sensation in your foot. This is called diabetic neuropathy.
People with diabetic neuropathy may have difficulties to feel any sores, blisters or injuries, even if they have stepped on something sharp.
In addition, the nerves that control muscle function could be affected by diabetes.
In this case, people will have trouble walking. They may develop a “drop foot” that makes tripping or falling more easily.
The third type of diabetic neuropathy is called neuritis or painful neuropathy. People with this condition often experience constant foot pain throughout the day, even at night when they sleep.
Another type of foot damage is called by peripheral vascular disease.
It is the narrowing of arteries and can affect the blood flow to your limbs. When blood flow slows down, sores and cuts heal more slowly.
In people with diabetes, diabetes-related nerve damage can make this condition difficult to diagnose.
If you have diabetes, it is important to have the habit of regularly inspecting your feet.
The earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to treat.
You can check your feet immediately after a shower while drying your feet. If you find some symptoms, such as a blister, you need to put a clean dressing with some type of antiseptic on it.
You should also check your shoes to make sure nothing in them will irritate your feet.
The researcher also suggests people with high risk of diabetes-related foot disease should visit a foot care specialist every three months.
Controlling diabetes and inspecting your feet regularly could help protect your foot health.
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