In the case of feet , the circulatory and nervous systems are affected by high blood sugar. In the case of the circulation it means that the blood does not flow freely to the extremities of the body. This includes the feet and the hands. Thus people with diabetes might find that their feet pick up cuts and bruises. As the red blood cells are responsible for healing any cuts and bruises, it also takes longer for these injuries to heal because the red blood cells don’t get to the feet
Diabetes can affect the feet in a number of different ways. One is a decreased immune response. This reduced immune response may lead to poor wound healing or the inability to fight infections. Infections are one of the most common reported complications of the diabetic foot. Early infection treatment is imperative to success. If neglected, an infection of the foot can cause gangrene, ulceration, osteomyelitis (bone infection), and even amputation. In general, the treatment of Charcot foot aims to stabilize the condition of the joint once more so that the foot can take its original form and normal walking can be facilitated again. Rest is the primary form of treatment.
Diabetes symptoms are like a flu illness. You may feel weakness and loss of appetite. Because your body’s capability to utilize sugar to turn into energy is poor, the sugar remains in your blood and it will make you feel very tired. Weight loss is a possible diabetes symptom. Losing sugar can also be one bad effect because frequent urination and loss of calories may hinder the sugar of the food from reaching your cells. This leads to constant hunger. Gaining weight may also be a part of developing this disease. Intemperance weight can make you more insulin resistant.
A diabetic ulcer requires treatment by your podiatrist or physician because an untreated ulcer can lead to amputation. Diabetes has an impact on your circulation and nervous system, especially if your blood sugar levels aren’t well-controlled. Diabetes often causes reduced blood flow to your extremities, especially your feet, and sensory damage to your nerves. A combination of reduced sensation, poor blood flow and a minor trauma can result in tissue breakdown at the site of the injury and the formation of an open wound, called an ulcer. A diabetic ulcer is typically slow to heal and at risk of infection if not treated properly. Silver Sulfadiazine Cream
Diabetics are more likely to develop serious gum disease such as periodontitis, a complication of gingivitis, swollen and bleeding gums, the Mayo Clinic reports. Diabetics who smoke have an even higher chance of developing gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth interact with the increased amount of glucose in the saliva, forming more plaque on the teeth, which attacks the tooth enamel. This leads to an increased incidence of cavities in diabetics. Skin Infections Reflexology , in my opinion, should be included in “regular care”. Keeping the circulation going in a Diabetic’s feet is first and foremost my goal as a Reflexologist.