Diabetic Feet

By lipsie Latest Reply 2011-07-18 09:41:17 -0500
Started 2009-03-28 14:48:51 -0500

Okay, I understand all too well about care of our feet, and what could happen,etc. and this question may sound really wrong/stupid I dunno but my fiance asked and I just dunno really…Why feet? I mean, why are our feet targeted and not another spot? I am missing the dynamics here and I am sure one of ya know them..please help us to understand. Thanks very much ya all! Love yas! Sheila N Ty

3 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-18 09:41:17 -0500 Report

Good question. Don't know why the post below was deleted, because it provides good info. Maybe this analogy will help. Take a container, put some dirt in it, add water and shake. where does the dirt settle? Maybe it is something like that. The junk in our body settles down to our feet and soon it starts shutting down and clogging the arteries. If you could train yourself to walk on your hands, I suspect your feet would be fine, and the problems would be in your hands. Jim

2009-03-28 15:34:10 -0500 Report

Diabetes and feet. It's the nerves in the legs and feet that cause the problems. If I understand what my doctor has told me correctly it affects the lower legs and feet first because they are farthest away from the brain and the nerves that supply them are longer and thinner. When the nerves in the feet are damaged, the sensations of pain is lost and then when a foot injury occurs, it can't be felt and the chance of infection becomes greater. That's why we are supposed to check them for sores or injury daily and use lotion everyday but not between the toes (could breed infection faster there) and wear shoes!!

The kidneys have the same issue. There is 1/4 or 1/2 mile (don't recall which my doctor said for sure) of nerves wrapped up in the kidneys and if damage occurs in one area it can cause leaking of protein in the urine ( thus the reason for the frequent urine tests with diabetics).

Also the eyes have these small vessels so thats why an annual eye exam is required.

Make sense?

Momto3 2009-03-28 15:30:23 -0500 Report

One of the things my doctor told me was that diabetes affects the small arteries and capillaries in our bodies - many of which are in our feet, hands and eyes - that's why one of the symptoms of diabetes is tingling in the hands and feet or blurry vision. When these vessels are compromised, they do not carry blood effectively and therefore healing does not take place as it should. Hope this helps!

Next Discussion: FreeStyle Navigator »