Also known as Diabetic Neuropathy, it deals with circulatory and nerve issues affecting the feet of those who have diabetes (UPMC 2022). Some signs that may indicate diabetic neuropathy can include nerve damage, foot ulcers, poor circulation and inflammation. There are some risk factors associated with diabetic foot disease that are greater if you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, are older than 40 years of age, are a male and if you have high blood sugar levels.
Ultimately, diabetic foot disease can reduce blood flow to the feet and cause nerve damage. In a more serious situation, a minor foot injury can cause a more serious diabetic foot infection which in turn, may require amputation. Because of this risk, those who have diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose a leg than those without (UPMC 2022).
There are a few precautions to take if you or someone you know has diabetes. Some tips include wearing your shoes all the time. Even when you’re indoors, you can wear slippers and should always keep shoes next to your bed. Be sure to always have a pair of shoes on when swimming or at the beach and try to avoid tight socks and shoes. Always be mindful of your surroundings so that you are careful not to trip or step on anything that may cause damage to your feet.
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