About 30 million people in the US have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. A possible complication of the disease is nervous system impairment (neuropathy), which may cause you to lose feeling in your feet or hands. This means you won’t know right away if there is a problem. Diabetic neuropathy affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes.
People with diabetes are at risk for developing foot problems that can be severe. If you have diabetes, make sure to learn about these potential conditions, monitor your feet regularly, and see your foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon if you suspect a problem.
HOW TO CARE FOR A DIABETIC FOOT
With a diabetic foot, minor injuries can become major emergencies. It is important to take the time to inspect your feet, practice good foot hygiene, and choose proper footwear.
WHAT IS CHARCOT ARTHROPATHY
Patients with Charcot Arthropathy have peripheral neuropathy, or loss of sensation, in the foot and ankle, and may experience fractures and dislocations of bones and joints with minimal or no known trauma.