Diabetes, a systemic disease resulting in an elevated blood sugar level, affects approximately 16 million Americans. Many complications are associated with diabetes, primarily vascular and neurologic problems. But diabetes can also result in many foot ailments, so sufferers need to pay special attention to their feet.
There are two types of diabetes:
Diabetes results from either the body's decreased production of insulin or when the body cannot properly utilize insulin. Blood glucose levels then rise, bringing on symptoms.
Diabetes can be a silent disease. Initially, you may not even know you have it without a blood test from your doctor. But after time, symptoms will develop, including:
If you have a diabetic foot, follow these tips to avoid infection:
See your podiatrist on a regular basis, and contact one immediately if your foot becomes swollen, painful, red or infected.
Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
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