How to Treat Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetic ulcers are open sores that typically form on the feet and legs, but also on hands and the folds of the stomach. They occur in diabetics because high blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels, which lessen blood flow and make it more difficult for sores to heal. In diabetics with peripheral arterial disease, ulcers are very common, because the disease lessens blood flow to the legs and feet. Ulcers are dangerous because they can affect the bones, become infected and even lead to further complications like gangrene, which can only be treated with amputation. The good news...

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What do Diabetic Socks do?

Unfortunately, as a result of the potential effects of high blood sugar on circulatory and nervous systems, diabetics are prone to many skin conditions like bacterial and fungal infections, dermatopathy and diabetic blisters. Many of these conditions affect the feet. What's more, if diabetics develop nerve damage, they may not feel injuries in their extremities, especially on the bottoms of their feet. In addition to checking feet regularly, keeping them clean and moisturized, and keeping them protected with proper footwear, it may be a good idea to wear diabetic socks. These are specially designed to keep feet dry and avoid...

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Managing Diabetic Nerve Pain

Diabetic nerve pain, or neuropathy, occurs when high blood sugar leads to damage in the nerves that send signals from your hands and feet. Symptoms include numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, or can be more severe, with burning or sharp pain that can be very painful. Up to 50 percent of diabetics have some diabetic nerve pain. It can affect sleep, decrease quality of life and even lead to depression. While nerves can't be replaced, diabetics can take measure to prevent further damage and manage the pain. Prevention If you're a diabetic, and you don't have neuropathy,...

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