Diabetic Foot Care
- Foot and ankle education
- Charcot foot
Nerve damage from diabetes is called diabetic neuropathy, and almost half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. If you keep your blood glucose levels on target, you are able to help prevent or delay nerve damage, or prevent further damage.
It is important to inspect your feet every day and see a podiatrist if you have a foot injury, notice any changes to your skin or nails, or have pain when walking. Additionally, make sure you are taking care of your diabetes and your blood glucose levels are in your target range, and you are keeping active. Ensure that you are washing your feet every day, drying them carefully (especially in between the toes) and apply a lotion to the top and bottom of your feet so the skin stays soft and smooth. It is also important to wear shoes and socks at all times so your feet are protected, as shoes will not only comfort your feet but safeguard them from hot and cold temperatures.
If you have significant nerve damage (neuropathy), this could lead to Charcot foot, which is a condition that causes the weakening of the bones in the foot. The bones are weakened enough to fracture, and, with continued walking, the foot eventually changes shape as the join continues to collapse. Because of the neuropathy, a personâ€™s ability to feel temperature, pain and trauma is decreased, and patients may continue to walk, which makes the injury worse. Charcot foot is a very serious condition that can lead to severe deformity, disability and even amputation, so early diagnosis is very important. You can even play a vital role in preventing Charcot foot by keeping blood sugar levels under control (important for diabetic patients), getting regular checkups from a podiatrist, avoiding injury, and checking both feet every day.
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