Diabetes and Feet - Podiatrist in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley and
Poughkeepsie Hollowbrook Foot Specialists, Wappingers Falls, NY http://www.hollowbrookfoot.com
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 15.7 million people (5.9 percent of
the United States population) have diabetes. Nervous system damage (also called neuropathy)
affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may
cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet or hands.
Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or
face severe consequences, including amputation.
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can
cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When
your wound is not healing, it's at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread
quickly. If you have diabetes,