Foot care is an especially important part of care for people with diabetes. Some of the effects of the disease increase the risk of foot problems and also increase the likelihood of complications.
But proper diabetic foot care and attention can prevent most serious foot complications. On this site we present the latest advice from the experts in diabetes and diabetic foot problems
Why is foot care important to people with diabetes?
Diabetes can cause nerve damage (called peripheral neuropathy) that reduces sensation in your feet. If you have neuropathy, you can have an injury or condition on your foot that requires medical care without even knowing it. Small injuries may become infected. Diabetes may also affect blood flow in your legs and feet, making it harder for cuts or sores to heal. Then a small infection can become very serious. Foot infection is the most common reason for hospitalization of people with diabetes. And foot ulcers and non-healing wounds are the primary causes of amputation in people with diabetes. With proper foot care, however, it is estimated that as many as half of these amputations could be prevented.
What kind of foot proble
ms do people with diabetes have?
Just like anyone else, people with diabetes can develop the following kinds of foot conditions: