Protecting the Diabetic Foot

Diabetes can cause poor blood circulation and nerve damage in the feet. This makes feet more vulnerable to ulcers, infections, deformities and brittle bones.

Damage to blood vessels and impairment of the immune system from diabetes makes it difficult to heal wounds. Bacterial infection of the skin, connective tissues, muscles, and bones can then occur. Because of the poor blood flow, antibiotics cannot get to the site of the infection easily. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream, this can be life threatening.

“Although treatment for diabetic foot problems has improved, prevention, including good control of blood sugar and proper foot care remains the way to prevent problems,” said Dr. William Faddock from The Academy of Pedorthic Science.

It is important for everyone to take care of their feet, but it is vitally important for diabetics to do everything in their power to protect their feet. Custom inserts are made to support the shape of the foot and the unique way that people apply pressure to certain areas. Foot Solutions suggests wearing seamless socks as well as shoes that have covered seams to reduce the chances of unnoticed sores and abrasions that often develop in diabetics, especially those that suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Inspect your feet before and after walks, and remain as mobile as possible.