Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of sugar in the blood is too high because the body is unable to use it properly.
Diabetes can have a large impact on the feet and foot health by affecting the nerves and the circulation to the feet.
Too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time can lead to nerve damage, which reduces feeling in the feet. A loss of feeling in the feet can lead to an injury that isn’t felt, a wound and possibly infection.
If the circulation is poor, any injuries, wounds or infections to the feet will take longer to heal.
Most foot problems in people who have diabetes occur when injuries and wounds-and often infections-go unnoticed and untreated, or when healing is delayed due to poor circulation.
A twelve monthly check by your podiatrist will help detect any changes early- before they become a problem. Circulation and sensation can be assessed thoroughly and a care plan established to prevent any foot problems in the future.