In order to educate others about untreated chronic conditions, a man in Switzerland took photographs of his feet over a ten day course. The man, who is also obese, was unaware that he was diabetic. He first started experiencing symptoms when he developed lesions on his feet when a new pair of shoes rubbed against his skin.
According to reports the man only went to the hospital as a result of an embarrassing incident. Doctors at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland found that the man was not only diabetic, but also struggles with peripheral neuropathy, or damage to the nerves in the extremities including the legs and feet.
If you are an experiencing diabetic, please seek the care of one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our podiatrists can assess and treat your foot and ankle needs for your condition.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.
Caring for Diabetic Feet
– Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
– Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
– Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Be sure to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis increases if medical treatment is not sought right away, especially when it comes to the feet. Early treatment and routine foot inspection are keys to maintaining good health.
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