Diabetics And Foot Problems

Problems with the feet is one of the most common health complications of people who suffer with diabetes.  Those with diabetes need to address any foot problems as early as possible.  It is wise to have a medical professional check your feet on a regular basis to look for and treat any possible health problems.

Diabetics sometimes develop foot complications known as neuropathy.  Over time, high glucose levels in the blood can affect the central nervous system and can affect the nerves in various parts of the body.  The nerves in the feet are often where someone will develop nerve damage.  They become unable to feel cold or heat or even pain.  They may injure their feet without feeling it.  They may develop a blister or wound that will be slow to heal.  This blister or wound may become infected and develop into foot complications.

People with diabetes often develop very dry feet because the nerves that secrete oil into the feet no longer work.  The feet may crack and peel and this makes the feet even more susceptible to developing sores and wounds.

High glucose levels in the blood make it difficult to stave off infections.  Therefore, a diabetic with a wound or sore on the foot must be treated different than someone without diabetes.  Because a sore may be very slow to heal, if it heals at all, the chance is high of infection setting in.  Infections can lead to even more serious complications like gangrene.

This is how foot complications for a diabetic may work.  The diabetic is not keeping their blood glucose level under control.  He or she gets an injury on their toe and it begins to bleed and crack.  The person bandages the wound hoping it will heal.  When it does not heal the wound soon becomes infected.  Then the patient goes to the doctor who begins to treat the wound with antibiotics.  This works sometimes, and sometimes it does not work.

If the wound does not heal and the infections begins to spread, gangrene can set in.  Gangrene can be fatal.  To save the life of the person the doctor may have no choice but to amputate the infected toe.  In some cases the infections have spread even further costing the person his foot or even his leg.

This information is only to make a person with diabetes realize how vital it is to be aware of the foot complications of diabetes.  The information is not meant to frighten anyone.  If you suffer from diabetes you need to be aware that you must manage the disease and get your blood glucose level to a healthy range.  That will help you to fight off any infection that may arise from a bump on the foot and it will help stave off neuropathy.

Maintaining a healthy blood glucose level will help a person with diabetes lead a full life.  You need to follow the rules dictated by the condition.  You need to follow the advice and instructions of your health care professional.

Diabetes is life threatening, but it can be controlled.  Avoid foods high in sugars and starch.  The Glycemic Index is an excellent resource for finding foods to be avoided and foods that are healthy for you to eat.  Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.  Be sure to monitor your blood glucose level and, above all, be sure to see your medical professional on a regular