Diabetes and Your Feet – Foot Health Tips
Making the Connection & Tips on Preventing Complications
Diabetes affects the lives of more than 9 million Canadians. Many people have diabetes and don’t even know it! Diabetes is the inability for the body to make or properly use insulin, and it impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of an elevated blood sugar can lead to serious damage of the eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and feet. Diabetes Canada recommends, at minimum, annual foot screenings for all diabetics and endorses the “CAWC Diabetic Foot Risk Assessment” exam that is always complimentary at all BioPed Footcare Clinics across Canada.
Diabetics who see a Canadian Certified Pedorthist or Registered Chiropodist for their footwear and custom orthotics are less likely to have serious foot complications, which can lead to ulcer, amputation or even death. Keeping your feet in good health, starts with keeping your blood sugar in a healthy and consistent range, as recommended by your family physician.
How does Diabetes affect my feet?
In Diabetic Patients, the storage of blood sugar is affected. This means that the sugar remains in the bloodstream and if consistently high for a period of months or years, it can begin to attack small blood vessels and nerves. The smallest of them are found in our feet and therefore, tend to be affected first. A Diabetic’s feet may be painful, cold or change colour and this can be a sign of blood vessel disease. They may begin to detect a burning, tingling (pins & needles) or numbness in the feet that lasts all day Continue reading