Many people know that diabetes is the inability to cause any or enough insulin which results in an increased about of glucose in the blood stream. Many people do not know the effects that this can have on your extremities, especially your feet. This increase in blood sugar levels can cause poor circulation and may lead to damaged nerves.
These damaged nerves may progressively lose the ability to send signals to the rest of your body, which can result in a numb and tingling sensation in your feet, called a neuropathy. This ability to feel heat, cold, rubbing, or even shoe fit is extremely important for the body to be able to protect itself. Without this feedback from the nerves, the diabetic becomes much more susceptible to redness and blistering.
Without proper blood flow, a sore that has developed won’t get the nutrients delivered to it to properly heal. The combination of neuropathies and poor circulation can lead to ulcering and, in some cases, possible amputation.
A Canadian Certified Pedorthist can help by checking current shoe fit, recommending proper footwear, or offloading any high pressure areas (corns and calluses) with an orthotic device.
If you experience diabetic neuropathies or would like more information on diabetic footcare please do not hesitate to call 519-787-8111 or schedule an appointment here to see how we can help.
Laura Van den Borre,