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(This article is part of the Foot Health Series at A Great Massage. See below for more articles about feet and foot health.)
Diabetics must be especially careful about problems associated with their feet. Healthy tissue is greatly dependent upon having an adequate blood supply. Since diabetes affects the small vessels of the feet, very minor cuts and scrapes can become easily infected. In addition, untreated infections in diabetics can progress to gangrene requiring amputations more readily than in those without diabetes.
It also behooves the diabetic to be aware that sensitivity may be absent in his or her feet. Diabetics have come into my office with tacks sticking up into their feet, totally unaware of the tacks' presence.
Not all diabetics have these types of problems. I mention
them only because of the possibility of their existence so that you might be
aware of these potential complications.
For an uncontrolled diabetic, a simple thing like cutting one's own toenails can be hazardous. Cutting corners of the nails out, especially on the big toenails, can lead to ingrown nails. An in-grown nail can easily lead to an infection, and as noted already, foot infection can spell catastrophe for a diabetic.
In summary, people who are diabetic must take extra special care of their feet, and should see their Podiatrist regularly.