Diabetes Mellitus is a condition in which excessively high glucose (sugar) levels in the blood can jeopardize the health of the liver, eyes, kidneys and blood vessels. One of the potential effects of diabetes is a weakened immune system rendering the body unable to effectively fight off infections. Additionally, the disease often leads to serious problems with the feet.
One of the most common foot problems associated with Diabetes is the inability to sense pressure on the foot; a condition known as Diabetic Neuropathy. This condition is due to a damaged nervous system which is caused by the high blood glucose levels.
The weakened nervous system is not able to effectively convey messages from the feet to the brain, leading to an inability for the patient to feel their feet. This also impairs normal sweat secretion and oil production in the feet, leading to excessively dry feet. Also, the inability to sense their feet may lead to abnormal pressure forces on the feet during walking, which may develop into skin problems that often result in sores.
Due to the suppression of the immune response in diabetics, the body is often unable to heal any wound that may develop. If left untreated, bacterial infections can lead to gangrene, which may require amputation to ensure that the infection does not spread to other parts of the body.
If you suffer from Pre-Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes, it is crucial that you ensure optimal foot health and visit us for a Diabetic Foot Screen. This will reveal your risk catagory and be a starting point to a proactive treatment protocol to reduce the risk of complicated foot conditions such as swelling, infection, and pain. Our Chriopodists/Foot Specialists are here to answer any questions you may have concerning Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Care, so please contact us today to learn how we can help you protect your feet for a lifetime.