Those with diabetes need to be extra careful when it comes to foot wounds and injuries. Foot problems in people who are diabetic are usually caused by three factors: neuropathy, poor circulation and decreased ability to fight infection.
Diabetes can often lead to peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), a condition in which nerve function deteriorates in the extremities, leading to a gradual loss of feeling in the hands, arms, legs, and feet. Patients may experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in the extremities, as well as shooting pains, or a burning sensation. Many times there is an inability to sense pain in the affected areas. This is often problematic because pain is what enables the patient to know when something is wrong. Without it, a patient may not seek timely treatment for bruises, cuts, blisters or burns that heal slowly or poorly because of diabetes-related circulation problems. For this reason, minor skin problems of the feet can become worse and lead to infection.
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