Here at Richardson Podiatry Center, we seequite a few diabetics. People with diabetes have certain conditions that affect the healthof their feet. These conditions are peripheral neuropathy (where people lose feelingtheirfeet), decreased circulation, and also skin conditions such as fungus and ingrown toenails.The most troubling problem diabetics have with their feet is peripheral neuropathy.Approximately 2040% of people with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy over theirlifetime. What peripheral neuropathy will do is that, with the loss of feelingyourfeet, you cannot feel any type of injury to your foot. It's common for people with peripheralneuropathy for their feet to feel like blocks
of wood. They can step on any type of sharpobject; they can cut their feet and not know it. They might not see the problem until theysee redness and swelling and maybe even ainage coming from a wound. At that point, the infectionsare very hard to treat because, again, it's not only peripheral neuropathy caused fromdiabetes, they also usually have decreased circulation. When you have decreased circulation,your body cannot fight infections like a person without diabetes.