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things work together to cause foot problems in people who have
diabetes, especially poor circulation and nerve
disease (neuropathy). Neuropathy significantly dulls awareness
of your feet, making you more susceptible to extensive injury-related damage.
Also, diabetes can impair your ability to heal by both damaging your immune system and decreasing the blood flow in your legs.
If your vision has been affected by
diabetic retinopathy or other eye problems, you may
not see an injury or infection in your feet early. If you get a foot infection or injury,
you may not notice it until your condition is so serious that you require
surgery, possibly amputation.
Things that increase your risk for diabetic foot
Because foot disease in
diabetes usually begins with neuropathy, your first step in preventing foot
problems should be addressing problems with your nerves. Neuropathy causes
problems in your feet by disrupting your nerves, both reducing your sensation
of pain and causing problems with the way you walk. Such problems can damage
your feet in the following ways:
Here are a few things you can do to make foot problems less likely:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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