Diabetes

diabetes foot Currently there are 2.8 million people with diabetes in the UK.(1)

Diabetes can cause many problems in the feet and lower limb. One of the common side-effects is a condition called peripheral neuropathy which is where the nerves are damaged. Often the circulation can also be compromised meaning that wounds take longer to heal. Diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to any wounds becoming infected. In a worst case scenario with a foot wound it is possible for a person to cause a wound to their foot that they can neither feel that they have done it and then are unable to heal either.

Further in depth diabetes information can be found by clicking on the Diabetes UK website site link (below).

Citations:

(1) http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Professionals/Publications-reports-and-resources/Reports-statistics-and-case-studies/Reports/Diabetes-prevalence-2010/

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