According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 3.4 million Canadians currently suffer from diabetes – a figure that is expected to rise to 5 million by 2025. They estimate that 5.7 million adult Canadians are pre-diabetic.
For those that have it, diabetes can be a decades-long struggle, and for those with loved ones with diabetes, the pain is different but no less intense. There is a great deal you can do to help fight diabetes, and resources such as the National Diabetes Association are greatly recommended.
Diabetes is associated with many complications, including cardiovascular disease, renal disease, depression, and a condition known as diabetic foot.
The Cause of Diabetic Foot
Diabetes affects the ability of your body to produce or properly regulate insulin the blood. This leads to complications with circulation, which is more likely to affect the extremities of the body, including the feet. Diabetic foot is a catchall term that includes diabetes peripheral neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, and complications from injuries such as blisters, cuts and ulcers.
The Symptoms of Diabetic Foot
Symptoms of diabetic foot include nerve damage (neuropathy), which may involve tingling, numbness, and pain. The structure and shape of the foot may begin to degenerate. People with diabetes are prone to ulcers on the feet, which may become infected if left untreated. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association 15-25% of people with diabetes have foot ulceration. If you have diabetes and any of these conditions sounds familiar, consult your doctor immediately.
The Risks Factors for Diabetes
As stated, an insulin deficiency or imbalance can be a contributing factor in diabetes. Obesity and being overweight are strong risk factors for diabetes. Other symptoms include high blood sugar, vascular system damage and nerve damage. It’s again crucial that you tackle these conditions immediately with proper diet and exercise should you notice them – the longer you wait, the greater chance of further damage.
Managing Diabetic Foot
Thankfully, there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of or otherwise manage diabetic foot. You’ll want to inspect, wash, and care for your feet daily, regularly, and intensively. Dry your feet carefully, especially when it comes to the space between your toes, and avoid extreme temperatures whenever possible. Wear seamless socks if possible, and wiggling your toes can help circulation and blood flow.
Foot Solutions has an array of comfortable shoes and foot care accessories to help people with diabetes avoid complications and continue to live a healthy life.