Those with diabetes have heard of the dangers associated with diabetic foot ulcers that, in bad cases, can cause lower extremity amputations. Having an understanding of diabetic foot ulcers, nerve damage, infections, and more can help prevent amputations. Read more about these 4 common amputation risk factors for patients with diabetes.
1. Nerve Damage and Poor Blood Sugar Management
If your blood sugar levels rise and stay too high for too long, you risk damaging the nerves or blood vessels in your feet. Nerve damage often results in loss of physical sensation meaning you might not feel any sensations if you get a cut, sore, blister, or injury that could eventually lead to infection. Wearing custom orthotic shoes can help prevent problems with your feet.
Diabetics who smoke are especially at risk for more health complications. Smoking affects circulation and blood flow throughout the body, which is especially important in the feet.
3. Foot Ulcers
Ulcers can be indicated by an itching and burning sensation, so you need to make inspecting your feet a daily routine. If you have nerve damage or loss of sensation in the feet, look for a rash, scaly or dry skin, redness, and discoloration to detect chronic foot ulcers.
Amputation itself is a risk factor for diabetics. If after amputation your diabetes is not monitored, you risk losing another limb to amputation.
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