Treatment for diabetic feet
Diabetes mellitus often referred to simply as diabetes- is a condition in which the body either does not produce enough, or does not properly respond to insulin produced in the pancreas. Once digested, starchy foods ( e.g. potatoes, cakes) become glucose. Insulin enables cells (e.g. muscle, brain) to absorb glucose in order to turn it into energy. In diabetes, the body either fails to properly respond to its own insulin, does not make enough insulin, or both. This causes glucose to accumulate in the blood, often leading to various complications.
Well controlled Diabetes should mean the person has a near normal life style. However, if poorly controlled for whatever reason, complications are common. These complications centre around effects on blood vessels and circulation. Both small and large blood vessels can be affected detrimentally in diabetes. The resulting changes in circulation can impact upon various body systems, however there are specific implications associated with the lower limb and foot. In some people who have a loss of sensation, ulcers can develop which require careful dressing and pressure relief padding.
Neurological and vascular assessment
Neurological and vascular assessments are carried out to determine the extent of any damage caused by high blood glucose levels.
Diabetes and the foot
Foot complications are common in diabetes. The foot may be at risk in diabetes due to a reduced blood supply and / or alterations in the appreciation of pressure, position and pain. It is worth consulting a State Registered Podiatrist / Chiropodist for a foot health check up and advice on self care if you are diabetic. The following are some specific does and don?ts as far as your feet are concerned.
For further advice go to http://www.diabetes.org.uk/
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