If you have diabetes, it's time to think about your feet. "Diabetes is a multi-system disease," Ronald Lepow, DPM explained. "Circulation in the feet and legs may be diminished because there are problems with blood vessels that get narrowed or clogged as a result of the diabetes. "A major cause of foot problems in diabetics is lack of blood flow," added Dr. Lepow, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor. This can cause callused or injured areas on the feet to heal more slowly, which can lead to ulcers or infections.
|Dr. Ronald Lepow
Another problem is that diabetes-related nerve damage can affect the normal oil and moisture on the skin of the feet. That results in dry and cracking skin, which allows bacteria to get in and cause infections or ulcers, Lepow said. Lepow says it's important for anyone with diabetes to wash and dry their feet and inspect them for scratches, blisters, injuries, cuts, and bruises every day. Once feet are dry, apply a cream that's at least 20 to 40 percent urea.
Source: Health Day News [4/1/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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