This form of neuropathy is usually seen in those with poorly controlled sugar levels. The danger is that, even when treated, neuropathy can worsen, leading to ulcers. This occurs because the motor nerves – those responsible for movement – begin to fail.
When these nerves weaken, feet can become deformed and shoes will press into them, possibly damaging the skin. A loss of sensation also means that minor injuries aren’t noticed; these can then worsen and ulcerate.
Ulcers allow infection to penetrate the tissues of the foot, which can be difficult to cure, given the lowered resistance to infection of those with diabetes.
Prevention of initial damage is vital because, if neglected, it can lead to the need for amputation. So inspect your feet daily and take the greatest care of them. At the first sign of a problem, consult your doctor for treatment suggestions.
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