Foot health

06 November 2007

Why is footcare so important for diabetics?

It is much better for diabetics to avoid getting foot ulcers than to try and treat them later.

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that appears on the feet in a significant percentage of patients with diabetes.

These appear most commonly on the soles of the feet; however any part of the foot can be affected. Foot ulcers are a serious problem. Many patients with an ulcer could evntually require an amputation. For this reason, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputation.

The main reason why diabetics so often have foot problems, is that poor circulation leads to a lack of feeling in the lower extremities, so something like a blister, which other people would notice on their feet, goes unnoticed by a diabetic. Because of poor circulation, the healing process is also slow.

South African Podiatry Association (SAPA)


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