Caring for Diabetic Feet and Wounds
Did you know that November was National Diabetes Month?
If you have diabetes, you should already know that remembering to care for your feet can’t be something that only happens one month of the year. It must be a daily concern, because uncontrolled diabetes is extremely dangerous for your feet.
Where foot wounds come from
We’ll keep this brief, but it’s important to understand the stakes before discussing what you need to do to care for yourself.
Anybody can get a cut or blister on their foot. But for someone with diabetes—especially poorly controlled diabetes—that small injury can grow into an infected ulcer that could, ultimately, cause them to lose their toe, foot, even their leg to a necessary amputation.
Many people with diabetes develop nerve damage in their feet, which impairs their sensation and prevents them from realizing when their shoes are too tight, or when they’ve suffered a cut or injury.
Only about half of people who undergo a lower limb amputation related to diabetes are still alive five years later. And there are about 70,000 of these amputation in the United States each and every year.
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