Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes is a condition in which
excessively high glucose 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 common way that diabetics encounter foot problems is due to a
damaged nervous system. Weakened nervous systems are not able to
effectively convey messages from the feet, leading to an inability for
the patient to feel the feet. This also impairs normal sweat secretion
and oil production in the feet, leading to abnormal pressure on the feet
during walking and skin problems that often result in sores.
Due to the suppression of the immune response in diabetics, the body is
often unable to heal these wounds. 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.
Also visit the articles on
Peripheral Neuropathy and
Diabetic Foot Ulcers for more information.
If you suffer from diabetes, it is crucial that you ensure foot health
by working with your doctor to reduce the likelihood of infection and
quickly treat any infection that arises. Contact us today to learn how
we can help you protect your feet for a lifetime.
Contact our office at 239-573-9200
for an appointment. You may also
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