The unfortunate fact is that people with diabetes have the highest rate of lower limb amputation amongst the general population. Two of the main problems associated with foot complications and diabetes are, nerve damage (or a loss of feeling) as well as reduced circulation (or a loss of blood flow) to the feet.
The foot has many tiny nerves surrounding it, these, over time may become damaged due to diabetes, resulting in a loss of feeling. The foot is also well supplied by many small blood vessels. These may become blocked as another complication of diabetes. If this occurs the blood providing nutrients to the feet will be greatly reduced and this may result in poor or slow healing and increase infections of the skin.
Imagine a situation where a small splinter or stone became lodged in your shoe, due to poor sensation you can no longer feel the stone which creates a sore. This sore will not heal quickly or easily due to poor circulation and also may become easily infected. Unfortunately this is not a rare occurrence, for this reason it is highly recommended by GP’s, endocrinologists, diabetic nurses, diabetes centre and even the world health organisation recommended you visit a podiatrist to have your feet checked every 6 months.
To avoid diabetes related foot complications your Podiatrist can advise you on some simple tasks to reduce your risk of complications.