Diabetic Neuropathy - Of the
30% of world Population with diabetes, 75% will develop foot problems related
to the disease at some stage.
foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation
and neuropathy. Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability
to feel pain, heat, and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop
minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of
due to the insensitivity. If these minor injuries are left untreated,
complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation.
Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes, and Charcot
It is very important for diabetics to take the
necessary precautions to prevent all foot related injuries. Due to the
consequences of neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical. When a
diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative footcare measures, he or she
reduces the risks of serious foot conditions.
Poor Circulation -
Diabetes often leads to peripheral vascular disease that
inhibits a personís blood circulation. With this condition, there is a
narrowing of the arteries that frequently leads to significantly decreased
circulation in the lower part of the legs and the feet. Poor circulation
contributes to diabetic foot problems by reducing the amount of oxygen and
supplied to the skin and other tissue, causing injuries to heal
poorly. Poor circulation can also lead to swelling and dryness of the foot.
Preventing foot complications is more critical for the diabetic patient because
poor circulation impairs the healing process and can lead to ulcers, infection,
and other serious foot conditions.
Diabetes has been one of the most rapidly
progressing problem that approximately is likely to affect almost 20 to 30% of
the world Population and is classified into 2 different types: Type 1 and Type
2. Type 1 is usually associated with juvenile diabetes and is often linked to
heredity. Type 2, commonly referred to as adult onset diabetes, is characterized
by elevated blood sugars, often in people who are overweight or have not
attended to their diet properly.
Many complications can be associated with
diabetes. Diabetes besides involving the feet can also affect many areas of the
body such as the eyes and kidneys.
People with diabetes should pay special attention to