Diabetic foot syndrome
The appearance of this condition is particularly insidious. Nerve damage, known as polyneuropathy among professionals, manifests in approximately one-third of people with diabetes over the long term, meaning that pressure sores and minor wounds on the foot can go unnoticed. If these wounds become inflamed and lead to ulcers, the result is diabetic foot syndrome.
This condition is difficult to control because the body’s ability to heal wounds is reduced by the poor metabolism of people with diabetes in addition to circulatory disorders in the legs. The risk of new wounds increases, and treatment becomes increasingly difficult and more complex. In the worst cases, all that can be done is to amputate the affected area of the foot.
Not every person with diabetes suffers from secondary complications such as diabetic foot syndrome. Prevention plays a decisive role in this regard. People with the disease can take action against such an undesired associated condition: daily foot checks, perhaps with the help of relatives, and choosing the right footwear. These are two of the most important measures to reduce risk.