Diabetes and Footcare
Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes. From foot self-exams to doctor checkups, there are many things you can do right now to keep your feet in good shape, improve circulation, and catch a problem before it becomes severe.
People with diabetes are at high risk for major foot complications, which are often unseen and under-discussed. Those complications can start as small blisters or cuts that are easy to overlook until it's too late.
"Diabetic foot complications account for approx. 50% of all diabetes-related hospital admissions," observed at Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi Kenya.
Uncontrolled diabetes causes nerve damage in the extremities (a condition called peripheral neuropathy that limits pain sensation in up to 45% in Diabetics. Nerve damage also leads to poor circulation (which means wounds take longer to heal) and makes you prone to infection (it's difficult for the body to fight off bacteria in wounds).
It’s important to recognize early warning signs of foot problems, such as:
If Diabetic patients experience any of the above, they should consult a Podiatrist and / or Endocrinologist immediately.
Inappropriate footwear is one of the predisposing factors for diabetes foot complications. All people with diabetes should consider appropriate footwear.
Tips for Footcare (refer to the Footcare chart) - below.