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Diabetes and the Foot

Diabetes and the Foot

An individual with diabetes does not metabolize sugar properly. Toxic by-products can result. Sugar builds up in the blood and tissues, and causes many changes to occur in the body. Diabetes lowers resistance to infection and decreases the circulation and sensation in the feet.

Proper care of the feet is of utmost importance to diabetics, since their feet often do not have normal sensitivity. Minor problems, if neglected, can become major.

People with mild cases of diabetes, who have good circulation and controlled blood sugar, should have a podiatrist inspect their feet once a year. If you have more severe diabetes, a podiatrist should inspect your feet at least every six months.

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