Healthy Thursday: Diabetes and Feet

So far, I have been lucky with healthy feet these past ten years of living with Diabetes. I’ve always had healthy feet, no problems or issues, other than the past year of ‘Olditis’.  Just be aware that if you are diabetic, you can have ‘tingly’ sensations in your extremities due to poor blood circulation.  IF you do, then be sure to contact your health care provider!

Diabetes and foot problems facts

  • Two main conditions, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and peripheral neuropathy, are responsible for the increased risk of foot problems in people with diabetes.
  • People with diabetes have an increased risk of ulcers and damage to the feet.
  • A number of different kinds of foot problems can occur in people with diabetes. These include bunionscorns, calluses, hammertoes, fungal infectionsdryness of the skin, and ingrown toenails.
  • Treatment depends on the exact type of foot problem. Surgery may be required for some cases.
  • Gangrene (dry gangrene) is tissue death due to absence of blood circulation. It can be life-threatening if bacterial infection develops (wet gangrene).
  • Many diabetes-related foot problems can be prevented by good control of blood sugar levels combined with appropriate care of the feet.