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.
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.
Apart from your daily routine, keep in mind these general tips for taking care of your feet.
A foot ulcer is a serious medical condition that may start as a sore you don’t feel due to diabetic neuropathy. If you experience these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately.
Diabetic neuropathy can cause dangerous foot problems, which can go unnoticed when your feet have lost feeling. When minutes matter, visit a St. Luke’s Health Emergency Department for expert care right away.
Diabetic Foot Problems
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