Diabetes occurs when people have had too much glucose (sugar) in their system for a long time. While you need to consult your doctor on an appropriate treatment, it is also vital to be aware of the complications that may arise when it comes to foot infections.
Sensory diabetic neuropathy can cause a person suffering from diabetes to be unable to feel cold, heat or pain. This lack of sensory ability can potentially lead to dangerous infections as a person may not feel a cut on their foot and treatment will be neglected. In addition, foot muscles may not align properly, with up to 10% of diabetics citing foot ulcers.
Peripheral vascular disease is a circulation disorder that affects blood cells away from the heart, such as those in the arms and legs, and can cause cuts or wounds to heal more slowly. Openings in the skin rely on timely blood flow to the wound to repair the damage, and peripheral vascular disease puts people suffering from diabetes in danger of infections that may turn into ulcers or gangrene.
Common problems can lead to complications and extreme treatments including amputation for diabetics:
Preventative methods are vital when managing diabetes:
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