The 7 Most Important Things To Know About Foot And Ankle Pain: #6

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The 7 Most Important Things To Know About Foot And Ankle Pain: #6

#6- Diabetic Foot Pain Is More Serious 

Than Non-Diabetic Pain

 

Foot complications of Diabetes are extremely common. They can be limb and life threatening. If you or a loved one has Diabetes, that last sentence should scare you. A minor foot condition to a non-Diabetic can become serious to a Diabetic.

Diabetes affects circulation, nerve endings, your skin and muscles in the feet. Diabetes also weakens the immune system, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight germs.  That’s why an open sore on a diabetic foot can lead to a disastrous outcome.

Because of all the potential diabetic foot complications, we have what we call a “Amputation Prevention Program.”  Most amputations are preventable. Daily inspection of the feet, blood sugar control and proper shoe gear all essential elements of prevention. Any redness, swelling, pain or open sore must be addressed immediately.

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