Diabetic neuropathy affects many diabetics. It can cause a numbness or loss of sensation in the feet. People with diabetic neuropathy often can't feel pain, heat, or cold. Why is this a problem? If the foot gets cut or a wound develops, it may go unnoticed. These minor injuries would not normally be a cause for concern, however, left untreated they are more likely to develop an infection, ulcer, or other more serious foot conditions.
Poor circulation in diabetics can cause wounds to heal poorly. The decreased blood flow to the feet results in wounds healing slowly, or sometimes not healing at all. Poor circulation can also cause dry skin and itching - another problem because if the dry skin is scratched, it may tear, once again leading to another foot sore that may heal poorly.
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Daily foot inspections should be a part of a regular diabetes foot care routine. Wear properly-fitted shoes with plenty of toe space. Removable insoles are also recommended so that they can be replaced with something more comfortable, or even replaced with a custom orthotic if necessary.
If you notice a diabetes foot sore, monitor it carefully to ensure it is healing. Sores that get worse, develop an infection, or refuse to heal should be brought to the attention of your doctor. Do not leave it too long since minor issues can become major problems if not treated in a timely manner. Finally, follow your diabetes treatment plan to keep blood glucose levels under control and lower the risk of complications.