Diabetes is a growing problem in America with over 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The total number of people with this condition exceeds 15 million or about 5% of the total US population. One of the many serious related problems seen in diabetic patients and the most common cause for hospital admission is foot complications. This frequently results from a degradation of nerves in the foot in leg (peripheral neuropathy) and changes in blood vessels. Both conditions can combine to create a condition whereby a small injury to the foot can go un-noticed (nerves don’t sense pain or discomfort) and un-healed (blood vessels don’t deliver adequate blood supply to nourish cells) resulting in ulcers. This is one of many excellent and detailed sources of information about this condition http://www.aafp.org/afp/980315ap/armstron.html and many more are easily found using the search terms “diabetic foot disease”
Daily gentle cleaning and examination of the feet are a key component to maintaining proper foot health and preventing serious health issues. Foot cleaning should include complete drying and application of skin cream to prevent dry and cracked skin, a common initial cause of foot issues. Toenail care is also important to prevent ingrown or cracked nails. Products to help with these steps of this this vital care regimen can be viewed at http://care4u-store.stores.yahoo.net/grooming.html
If you or a loved one has diabetes or is at risk for it, please take the time to learn as much as you can about this condition that can, with sometimes only slight lifestyle changes, be managed.