Diabetic Foot Care

Why is diabetic foot care so important? According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic foot amputations each year. The problem occurs because many people with diabetes do not readily accept there is a problem, especially if confronted with infection or sores on the feet.

In addition, people with diabetes may have a condition known as neuropathy, which affects the nerves of the feet. Neuropathy causes the inability to feel pain, heat, and cold. One doctor related that a person with diabetes can step on a nail and not know it. Another man complained to his doctor that he could not feel sensation in his feet. These are serious problems which deserve serious attention.

Common to diabetes is poor blood circulation. The high levels of sugar damage the blood vessels which cut off the supply to several parts of the body, including the feet.

Poor circulation decreases the ability to heal and invites infections, as well. Foot ulcers are also a common occurrence, and to this end the ADA recommends the following:

*Regular visits to a podiatrist.
*Maintaining foot hygiene is very important. This entails wearing comfortable socks and shoes.
*Check for cuts and sores, and if there are any, see a doctor immediately.
*Do not treat a sore at home, as it may lead to a serious infection.

Unfortunately, diabetes affects vital parts of the body, including the feet. In order to alleviate any future problems, maintaining proper foot care is recommended.