People with diabetes are susceptible to foot problems that result from extended periods of high blood sugar levels. Most foot problems that people with diabetes face result from two serious issues with the disease: nerve damage and poor circulation. The lack of feeling and poor blood flow can lead to the creating of a small blister to progress to a serious infection in a matter of days.
Chronic nerve damage can cause dry and cracked skin, which gives bacteria an opportunity to enter and cause infection. Diabetic foot problems are a major health concern and are a common cause of hospitalization. For people with diabetes, cautious, daily inspection of the feet is important for the overall health and the prevention of damaging foot problems.
If you'd like to learn more, you can attend GBMC's "Wound Wednesday" lunch and learn series on Wednesday, May 1. The event is free, but registration is requested. Register here.