Diabetes is a chronic condition that results from low levels of insulin, or sugar in the blood. This lifelong disease affects many bodily processes, such as the immune system. This leaves the body—the feet, in particular—open to infection.
Diabetes-induced foot problems include lack of feeling in the feet, the absence of normal sweat and oil production, and increased pressure on joints and bones during physical activity. Ultimately the skin may break down and develop sores.
Numerous factors contribute to the development of diabetic foot problems, including:
- Poorly fitting shoes.
- Long-standing or poorly-controlled diabetes.
- Trauma to the feet
- Lack of proper sensation in the feet.
- Poor circulation.
Patients with diabetes should take precautions now to ensure the health of their feet. Regular podiatric appointments with Dr. Marso can help prevent the eventual loss of a toe, foot, or even a leg to diabetes.