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Foot Problems with Diabetes


The five main threats to skin and subcutaneous tissues in the foot are neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, infection, high plantar pressure and deformities. Get tips on diabetic foot care in Orange City and prevent these diseases. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Foot Problems with Diabetes

Top 5 Foot Problems with Diabetes
  • Do you know?
  • Diabetic foot problems are responsible for nearly
    50 of all diabetes-related hospital bed-days.
  • 10-15 of diabetic patients develop foot ulcers
    at some stages in their lives.

The majority of patients begin their diabetic
lives with normal feet, although some patients
with type 2 diabetes will have foot complications
at diagnosis, because theyve been diabetic for
many years without knowing it. Here are few foot
problems caused by diabetes, have a look.
  • Neuropathy
  • There are three types of neuropathy motor
    neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy and sensory
  • Motor neuropathy- Loss of neural supply to the
    intrinsic muscles of the foot
  • Autonomic - Skin cracking infection, and
  • Sensory neuropathy Loss of pain sensation.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Reduced blood supply and exacerbates the changes
    bought by neuropathy.
  • Also results in hypoxia and reduces healing power
    causing infection.
  • Persistent hyperglycemia results in endothelial
    cell dysfunction and smooth cell abnormalities in
    peripheral arteries.

  • Infection
  • The damage resulting from neuropathy, ischemia,
    trauma, or all three predispose to infection.
  • Infection may be bacterial (in association with
    ulcers) or fungal (especially of toe nails).

  • High Plantar Pressure
  • Repetitive pressure, shear from walking and
    weight bearing, or inappropriate footwear leads
    to high plantar pressure.
  • Also, causes callus formation and skin breakdown.

Want to avoid all the above foot problems? Visit
Essex Union Podiatry who listen and understand
your concerns to provide you the best treatment
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