Diabetes and Foot Care
Very few Montrealers actually realize how important foot care is for the maintenance of overall good health and even fewer are aware of how many health issues can arise due to improper care of one's feet. Diabetes is one of these potential health hazards that may come to pass or be exacerbated by a lack of attention to two of the most important body parts responsible for our ability to interact with the world on a day to day basis.
You may find yourself asking, "How exactly does diabetes and your feet correlate?" To answer that we must first understand what diabetes is; a metabolic disorder where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to sustain proper blood sugar or glucose levels. Without insulin our cells are not able to absorb the excess amounts of glucose in the blood stream. People who are diabetic are prone to poor blood circulation which directly affects the feet with certain discomforts such as tingling or numbness as well as a harder time maintaining their warmth when faced with cold weather.
It Doesn't Stop There
People with diabetes should take extra precautions with their feet as they are much more susceptible to a number of different afflictions some of which you can find below:
- Undetected nerve damage to the foot also known as Peripheral Neuropathy
- Difficulty healing increasing the odds of rapid infection damaging the foot and making it difficult or painful to walk
- Stiff joints
- Foot ulcers
- Charcot's joints, a diabetic foot condition that means bones are weak and more likely to fracture