October 2005, Volume 35 Number 10 , p 43 - 43
FICORELLI, CARMEL T. RN, FNP, MS; EDELMAN, MARYANN RN, CNS, MS
Assistant Professors of Nursing, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y. Why does my diabetes cause foot problems?
Over time, diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels. When nerves in the feet are damaged, you may not feel pain, so you don't know when you hurt yourself. If you have a small cut, puncture, or blister, it could get much worse before you notice it. Damage to blood vessels may keep enough blood from getting to your feet, so a sore on your foot may not heal normally.
Diabetes can dry out the skin on your feet so it cracks and peels. This can also cause sores, which may become infected.
Monitor your blood sugar regularly and keep it within the target range. Follow your health care provider's advice about diet and exercise, and if you smoke, try to quit. These are the most important ways to prevent all serious problems from diabetes, including foot and leg sores (which can lead to amputation), ...