Every 30 seconds, a limb is lost to Diabetes

Every 30 seconds, a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world. Worldwide, up to 70 percent of all leg amputations are administered to people with diabetes. More than 170 million people suffer from diabetes globally, and the World Health Organization expects that number to double by 2030.

Diabetic foot is a serious complication that afflicts many people with diabetes. It begins as an inflammation that develops into an ulcer. Left untreated, the ulcer may gradually consume the tissues of the foot. Pus collects, and the inflammation grows worse. In extreme cases, the ulcer develops into gangrene, which occurs when blood and oxygen can’t reach a part of the body. Starved for oxygen and blood, the tissue in the limb dies and begins to rot. It occurs most often in the body’s extremities, the parts of the body furthest from the heart—the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands and arms cheap inflatable bounce house.

Many people suffering from diabetes ignore the early signs of diabetic foot, which increases their risk of amputation. In many cases, the problem is made worse by the patient himself, his relatives, or health care workers.  As soon as inflammation is noticed you must go to the doctor for an examination.

Patients sometimes ignore the early signs of ulceration, such as numbness and vulnerability to infection, which are both caused by poor circulation of blood and oxygen to the feet. As circulation weakens, bacteria and microbes multiply, and the infection grows worse. That is why it’s necessary to attend to even small foot problems before they turn into large problems.  Fear and ignorance can turn manageable complications into catastrophes. Some diabetes patients fail to clean their ulcerated feet often or thoroughly enough. Others flee when they hear they’ll have to lose a limb.

Knowing how to take care of your feet and checking your feet on a daily basis multiple times will help minimize the risk of amputations.  In a future article, I will explain how having the correct shoes and socks will help keep your feet healthy.

– Jerick Sobie

Board Certified Pedorthist

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