As a person living with diabetes, you’re constantly worried about your feet. You’ve heard the horror stories of people who had a toe, foot or leg amputated because of a diabetes-related complication.
These complications arise because the amount of blood flowing to your lower extremities can decrease with diabetes, especially if you’re not doing the best job keeping healthy blood sugar levels. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDKD), ill glucose levels can result in losing the feeling in your feet, making you more vulnerable to cuts, sores and infections that you may not feel are there – and the poor blood circulation doesn’t help healing-wise.
“We pay very close attention to the feet when patients come in for office visits,” Dr. Kevin Pantalone, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic, told USNews.com. “Things can get out of control in a matter of days to weeks from a lesion they have on their foot if they don’t notice it.”
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