Nervous system damage (also called neuropathy) affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet or hands.
Persons with diabetes must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including thepossibility of amputation from a neglected cut, scratch or blister.
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that’s too tight can cause a lot of damage. It is not uncommon for someone with neuropathy to wear shoes that are to tight, this is because they cannot feel them. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a person with diabetes, infections can spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, scratches, cuts and nail problems. If you have difficulty inspecting your feet, get someone to help you, or use a mirror placed on the floor.
Should you find any of these symptoms call us right away to make an appointment to have your feet checked.