Your Feet & Diabetes
What’s the Connection?
Individuals with diabetes have a different type of foot risk that most people don’t have to think about.
The metabolic disorders that diabetics experience result in a number of other dangerous conditions; one being neuropathy. Neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nervous system. Because neuropathy causes a numbness in the hands and feet, it can become difficult to notice/feel injuries, sores, lesions, etc. When this occurs, small unnoticed cuts can quickly become serious non-healing wounds.
Why would the wound be non-healing? This is due to another condition that diabetics experience – vascular disease. Vascular disease creates a narrowing of blood vessels making it difficult for necessary healing nutrients and oxygen to make their way to a wound on the foot.
A third risk that diabetics face is another effect of diabetic neuropathy – Charcot foot. Charcot foot is a breakdown and collapse of the joints in the foot. Charcot is a debilitating disease and often leads to amputation. Slowing the healing process down, once again, is the lack of feeling any pain in the foot when Charcot foot is in it’s earliest stages.