Diabetes can cause problems, literally head-to-toe. And the damage that can occur to your feet is no joke.
While most of us have a vague idea that diabetic feet need special care, we usually don’t look into the details until it’s absolutely necessary — in other words, when things are already going wrong.
That’s why I’d encourage you — whether you’ve experienced trouble with your feet to date or not — to take a moment to learn about foot health with diabetes in this series of articles.
There’s a lot of power in the notion of “Know Thy Enemy.” Do you really know why foot damage occurs with diabetes? Many people assume that foot complications stem from impaired circulation caused by atherosclerosis (or narrowing of the arteries).
If anything were really wrong with my foot, it would hurt … right? WRONG. The vagueness and misconceptions about diabetes and feet often starts with this notion. You should know is that the culprit here is the LOSS OF FEELING in your feet that can be caused by diabetes.
A lot of people, even here on the Diabetic Connect community, often say things like, “I have this funny tingling in my feet…I wonder if that could have anything to do with my diabetes?” The answer is YES!
Keeping your A1C, blood pressure, and lipid results (cholesterol and triglyceride levels) in a safe range are the most important factors to avoiding neuropathy. But there are a few more ways you can proactively look out for your feet.
There’s no replacement for good old-fashioned caution. This means you should take extra care in choosing footwear that fits well, avoid walking around barefoot, and inspect your feet yourself every day. What are you looking for?