You notice foot ulcers that don't heal. It could be diabetes. Uncontrolled glucose levels can damage nerves and cause poor circulation, so blood doesn’t reach the feet. When blood doesn’t get to a wound caused by, say, irritating shoes, the skin doesn’t heal properly. “Many, many people with diabetes are diagnosed first because of foot problems,” says Marlene Reid, DPM a foot specialist in Naperville, Illinois.
|Dr. Marlene Reid
Other signs of diabetes may include tingling or numbness of the feet. Ask your doctor about getting your blood sugar levels tested. “For anything that’s different or changes when it comes to the foot, see your podiatrist right away,” says Dr. Reid.
Source: Kelsey Kloss, Reader's Digest [8/23/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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