I am diabetic. Why is it so important to check my feet for blisters or breaks in the skin?

This week's question was from Hank in Visalia: I am diabetic. Why is it so important to check my feet for blisters or breaks in the skin?

Jeff:

Over time, high levels of blood sugar can contribute to artery damage. This can lead to poor circulation, especially in the lower legs and feet. The poor circulation and high blood sugar can cause nerve damage that leads to a loss of sensation in the foot. This makes a diabetic patient at risk for injury without being aware of the trauma to the foot. If left unchecked, the injury could get infected and spread to other systems in the body, including the bone. A diabetic patient should check their feet at least once daily for any open sores or blisters and for decreased sensitivity.

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