Diabetes related complications: Nontraumatic amputations

Persons with diabetes are at higher risk for foot problems. These foot problems may occur due to impaired circulation, often resulting from uncontrolled/poorly controlled glucose levels. Blood vessels in the feet may become inflamed, narrowed and hardened. Blood flow slows down, skin becomes dry and cracked and nerve endings are damaged; these changes can delay healing of injured or damaged skin and result in infection. As nerves are damaged, the usual sensations of discomfort, pain, or simply that something is wrong, may not occur. If you don’t feel pain in your feet, you may not notice a cut, blister, sore, or other problem. Left untreated, life threatening infections may occur that resul

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