Diabetes is a disease caused by the body’s inability to create enough insulin, prompting high blood sugar. A subsequent result of high blood sugar, neuropathy, can lead to dangerous foot problems. If you’re diabetic, take these steps to protect your feet.
Diabetic neuropathy involves changes in nerves caused by high blood sugar, your genes, or a combination of the two. High blood sugar can impair nerve communication and harm your blood vessels, which bring oxygen and nutrients to your nerves. Neuropathy can cause a host of problems, including numbness or pain in your hands, legs, and feet. Since your feet have the longest nerves, they are at an increased risk of being impacted by neuropathy.
Taking Care of Your Feet
While diabetic nerve pain in the feet can be irritating, numbness can be very dangerous. When you’ve lost sensation in your feet, you may injure your feet without realizing it. And if sores or other injuries aren’t noticed, they could develop into harmful ulcers. Create a daily foot care routine to keep your feet healthy.
- Check for scrapes, bruises, cuts, sores, or other wounds. To be sure you see every part of each foot, use a mirror or ask a family member to help you inspect your feet.
- If you notice an injury that isn’t healing, tell your doctor.