Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by high levels of sugar in the blood. When not controlled, damage can occur to the organs, and the immune system can become impaired decreasing your body’s ability to fight off infections, making it especially harmful to your feet. Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot becomes impaired, which can lead to abnormal pressure on the skin, bones and joints of the foot. This can lead to the breakdown of the foots skin, often causing sores to develop. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s very important to take preventative measures to avoid or reduce foot problems. Recognizing foot problems as a result of diabetes early, and seeking the right treatment, is crucial.
There are many other factors which can compromise the health of the feet in diabetics:
- Ill fitting shoes can cause red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain
- Flat feet, bunions or hammertoes may cause further damage
- Nerve damage (peripheral neurotherapy) causing imbalance and lack of awareness of existing issues such as minor injuries
- Poor circulation
- Trauma to the foot
If you are diabetic and don’t take the steps required to properly care for and maintain the health of your feet, you are at higher risk of further extreme complications such as losing a toe, foot or leg in the long term. Prevention is the key to saving your feet and eliminating any pain or discomfort you may have. At Nourishing Thyself Clinic, we offer a number of different diabetic foot services and products to help you care for your feet, to ensure that they are healthy and carry you safely and effectively through life! Please contact us today to learn more.