Diabetes can cause two problems that can affect your feet.
Uncontrolled diabetes can damage your nerves. If you have damaged nerves in your legs and feet, you might not feel heat, cold, or pain. This lack of feeling is called "sensory diabetic neuropathy." If you do not feel a cut or sore on your foot because of neuropathy, the cut could get worse and become infected. The muscles of the foot may not function properly because the nerves that make the muscles work are damaged. This could cause the foot to not align properly and create too much pressure in one area of the foot. It is estimated that up to 10% of people will develop foot ulcers. Foot ulcers occur because of nerve damage and peripheral vascular disease.
Peripheral vascular disease
Diabetes also affects the flow of blood. Without good blood flow, it takes longer for a sore or cut to heal. Poor blood flow in the arms and legs is called "peripheral vascular disease." Peripheral vascular disease is a circulation disorder that affects blood vessels away from the heart. If you have an infection that will not heal because of poor blood flow, you are at risk for developing ulcers or gangrene (the death of tissue due to a lack of blood).
My brother-in-law has this and he has lost part of his foot. He also walked around for months on a broken ankle because he didn't feel it. Now he can no longer walk and has to use a scooter to get around.
A younger friend of mine has lost her leg from the knee down to gangreen because of Diabetic Neuropathy. She wasn't high-risk, hadn't been diagnosed with diabetes yet, she got a cut on her arch, didn't think much about the fact that it didn't seem to be healing because it wasn't painful and within a month she was in a hospital talking to a doctor about amputation. Take any numbless in your feet or legs very seriously.
It is a serious matter. Perhaps we should all ensure our BGL is less than 140 mg/dl. Why? It is the beginning of small nerve damage.
Perhaps some of us are not paying attention i.e. educated. But if that is not the case, then why do some people not read the signs? Or is it the cost and the side effects of medications (drugs)? If your doctor is to be involved, see if he would prescribe a pharmaceutical grade vitamin P as a preventive medicine.
My dad (type 2 diabetes)is having a wound on his foot for a while and I'm beginning to worry about it. I've found this new medication called Deabetic-md which helps wound healing. I'll ask the doc for sure but maybe somebody has already tried that?
annakristina, Diabetic-md spray is really helpful with diabetic wounds in combination with BG level control and antibiotics. There's plenty of video testimonials and articles on line about the product. I think you should show the info to your wound specialist and ask him if it's ok to use the product. Good lick on youe father's foot.
Diabetic-md is only worthwhile if everything else is fixed first, which many clinicians fail to realize.
For example, if you kept on stabbing yourself with a pin while applying Diabetic-md, the wound will still not heal.
You need to reduce the causative factors first (pressure usually, or infection which is prolonging the ulceration, or poor blood flow). Then you need to make sure that the wound has been cleared of all debris and the appropriate dressings then need to be applied.
However, the body usually heals itself, so what happens is that you need the body in the right condition (stable blood sugars, healthy eating, little stress).
Ulcerations are multidimensional and not always healed with a dressing (which only hold the wound in stable and favorable conditions).
It's so interesting to learn how much diabetes has affected millions and the search for a cure seems to be a long ways off. If I had a foot problem I'd rather stick to remedies that are totally natural even though drugs are ok for a short period. Unfortunately, most people don't consider oxidative stress caused by ROS is a major contributing factor. We all like to say to start from the source but where exactly is that? If we are to believe that the immune system is going against itself aka autoimmunity caused CD double negative 4 and 8 NKT-cells than what are we using to fight against that? Because current drugs used today are not designed to do that. How about boosting the Antioxidant Reactive Enzymes (ARE) that serve to protect cell damage which includes the heart, kidney, etc? The system is so complex yet they are interconnected and creating an imbalance in one corner will affect the other. Just like if I were to consume too much or too less of salt, sugar, water or fats then I am bound to get in trouble. The same can be said if were to be a couch potato. On top of that there’s free radicals to deal with which have been found to contribute to many illnesses, and diabetes is no exception. The govt website pubmed.org is a good starting point if you need to verify. But let's be clear that even though antioxidants like vitamins A and E are great, they are not very potent. They are like a buckets of water used to douse a house on fire. There’s already a better alternative circulating in the market right now which is a threat to the profit margin of BigPharma.