Almost half of all people living with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy. While it can cause serious problems throughout the body, a large number of foot problems are attributable to neuropathy.
Damaged nerves prevent our body from clearly communicating with itself. When this occurs, we may lose our ability to properly function, notice pain, sense changes in temperature or even feel cuts and bruises. As a result, any unnoticed damage to the foot can become infected or spread to other areas of the body and cause serious ongoing health concerns.
While many causes of neuropathy are not able to be diagnosed, a large number of cases are caused by diabetes. Therefore, in conjunction with your normal diabetes treatment, consistent care of your feet will go a long way toward hampering the effects of diabetic neuropathy.