Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes, like any other disorder, is a disease that has a lot of complications that comes along with it. And one of the complications that accompanies it is complication to one’s feet. More specifically, this is a complication that will effectively give a person enough problems to let him want to think about not walking ever again.

When someone is stricken with diabetes, the body’s immune system is compromised as well because this disease leads to a weaker immune system. A weaker immune system is tantamount to the body not being able to fight off infections as well as difficulty in controlling any damage to the different organs which may have been compromised in the process.

When one has diabetes, there is damage that is done to the kidneys, eyes blood vessels and nerves. This article will reflect upon the damage that is done to the two latter body parts. And with this, enough damage to these fragile body parts will inevitably give way to damage to one’s foot.

Foot problems will eventually compound and sooner or later, a diabetic will find himself to be having problems with his or her foot. Because the damage to the nervous system is quite substantial, any person with diabetes will not be able to feel his or her feet normally. This is because that the damage to the person’s nerve endings might have already reached the feet and this will provide various problems for the diabetic.

When enough damage is done to the diabetic’s foot, it is accompanied with damage to the nerves and blood vessels. Because of this, the proper secretion of sweat and oil that lubricates the skin of one’s foot is not produced. Because of this impairment, this could lead to more pressure on the skin of one’s foot as well as the bones and joints. This will eventually lead to one’s foot having sores because of the breakdown of the normal functions of the tissue and nerves surrounding the foot.

With damage to the nerves already imminent, it probably couldn’t get any worse. But for the diabetic, "worse" is an understatement as more complications may occur within the duration of the disease. Because one’s own blood vessels are also impaired because of the inability of one’s immune system to compensate, the healing of wounds becomes difficult and the simple sores might turn into bacteria-infected tissue. This tissue might then develop into gangrene and by then, the only solution to the problem is to amputate one’s foot.

So don’t think that the only problem you’ll have when you have diabetes is how you’re going to sneak in that chocolate chip cookie under your nurse’s watchful eye. You better take a good look at your foot because if you don’t start doing something about your diabetes, that’s just about one of the few times you’re going to ever see you foot again. The trick is to eat right, exercise regularly and address the problem as if it’s going to cost you an arm and yes, also a leg.