Diabetes And Foot Complications
Whenever we think about people with diabetes, we often think of them as having problems with their feet. This is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Patients with diabetes need to make certain that they address any problems with their feet early on as such problems can result in a life threatening condition.
Common Foot Complications
A common foot complication of diabetes is neuropathy. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is caused by the high glucose levels in the blood of a diabetic person affects the central nervous system after time, it also affects nerves in various parts of your body. Most often effected are the nerves in the feet. The feet being the furthest from the brain, it is here where people with diabetes who have nerve damage, often do not feel cold or pain or even heat. People that are diabetic and a uncontrolled blood sugar often can injure their feet without feeling it. The injury may result in a blister or wound that will be slow to heal. The blister or wound becomes infected and the foot complications begin.
Side Effect – Dry Feet Causing Peeling And Cracking
Diabetic patients lack the proper nerve sensations in their feet, also people with diabetes often develop very dry feet because the nerves that secrete oil into the feet no longer work. Their feet may peel and crack, which only makes it even more probable for them to get sores and wounds in their feet.
Side Effect – Diabetics Have A Hard Time Fighting Off Infection
High blood glucose levels make it difficult to stave off infection, a diabetic with a sore on their foot must be treated differently than a person without diabetes. The sore may be very slow to heal, if it heals at all. Infection often sets in. This can lead to gangrene and, in some cases, amputation.
Diabetic Foot Condition Complication Scenario
Foot complications of diabetes work like this. A person who has diabetes and who has not been keeping their blood glucose level under control gets an injury on their toe. It begins to bleed and crack. Then people will bandage it, hoping it will heal. It does not heal and soon the wound becomes infected. They go to their primary doctor or a consult to a foot doctor(podiatrist) who begins to treat the wound with antibiotics. Sometimes this works, sometimes it does not.
When the wound does not heal and the infection begins to spread, gangrene can set in. Gangrene can kill a person, and the doctor knows this. So the person has a choice, they can either lose their toe or their life. In most cases, they choose to lose the toe.
In some cases, however, the gangrene has already spread to the foot. Furthermore, the amputation risks more infection. In many cases, not only does the person lose their toe, but their entire foot. And this can continue until they lose their leg.
Manage Your Diabetes And Take Care Of Your Feet
This information is not meant to frighten with possible diabetic complications. It is only to make a person realize how vital it is for anyone with this condition to be aware of the feet complications of diabetes. No one has to lose a toe or a foot or a leg. They simply need to manage their disease so that they can retain a healthy blood glucose level that will enable them to fight off any infection that may arise from a bump on the foot and stave off neuropathy. By maintaining a healthy glucose level, a person can lead a full life. The trick is to follow the rules dictated by the condition.
Diabetes – Foods To Avoid
Avoid foods that are high in starch and sugars. The Glycemic Index is an excellent tool that can inform a diabetic about which foods should be avoided. Maintain your weight and exercise regularly. This will also boost your immune system. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly and monitor your blood glucose level. Keep a record of the levels to present to your doctor so he or she can adjust your insulin or medication if needed. By complying with your physician, you can avoid many of the foot complications that accompany diabetes.
Seek Medical Advise For Your Diabetes and Foot Conditions
Diabetes does not have to be a killer. If you or a loved one has uncontrolled diabetes, or has an unresolved foot condition associated with diabetes, seek your primary doctor or foot specialist for a solution.
Foot Doctor For Diabetic Related Conditions
Dr. Adam Katz at Premier Podiatry Group has been treating Diabetic Related Foot Conditions successfully for more than 10 years in the Boynton Beach and South Florida Area. For More Information About Diabetes Or Diabetic Foot Conditions