Why You Should Care About Your Feet
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body is not able to produce insulin or utilize insulin correctly, or both. Insulin allows the body to take glucose (sugar) consumed in the diet and turn it into useable energy. If your body does not make any insulin (type 1 diabetes) or is not able to properly use the insulin it makes with decreased insulin production over time (type 2 diabetes), glucose levels in your blood are higher than normal.1 Elevated blood glucose is known as hyperglycemia and is the main indicator of diabetes.1 Elevated blood glucose over the long-term can lead to many health problems including damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.2 The complications of diabetes can also lead to serious problems involving the feet. While medications are available to help control blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes, there are many self-care steps you can take to decrease the risk of experiencing serious complications with your feet.
Foot Complications from Diabetes
Diabetes, especially poorly controlled, can lead to many complications involving the foot including the following:
Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Feet
In addition to the daily steps you can take to care for your feet, the American Diabetes Association recommends patients with diabetes receive a comprehensive foot exam by a healthcare provider at least annually.5 Taking care of your feet and promptly identifying injury helps decrease the risk of serious foot complications due to diabetes. Start caring for your feet today.