Understanding Diabetes Mellitus and the complications relating to the disease are the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.
Diabetes causes nerve damage and reduced circulation that can be hazardous to your feet. Deterioration of your peripheral nerves (Doctors call it “neuropathy”) reduces sensation in your extremities, so you may not feel it when you hurt your feet.
Poor blood circulation can also make it difficult for foot injuries and infections to heal. That’s why even a small bump or cut can result in serious consequences if it goes without timely medical attention.
How common is diabetes?
- Total: 34.2 million people have diabetes (10.5% of the US population)
- Diagnosed: 26.9 million people, including 26.8 million adults
- Undiagnosed: 7.3 million people (21.4% are undiagnosed)
- Total: 88 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes (34.5% of the adult US population)
- 65 years or older: 24.2 million people aged 65 years or older have prediabetes
Diabetes & Your Feet
Less than 20% of diabetics who qualify for therapeutic shoes are actually receiving them. The leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations in the United States is diabetes. This can be easily preventable with the proper care and attention, beginning with lifestyle changes and therapeutic footwear. Comprehensive foot care programs can reduce diabetic foot amputations anywhere from 45-85%.