Diabetes and Slow Healing Sores
People with diabetes are at risk for slow wound healing for many reasons. A decrease in blood flow causes the healing process to be slower. If someone experiences diabetic neuropathy, they may not notice a wound right away, due to lack of sensation. Feet are a common place for wounds, because of the wear and tear they receive on a daily basis. It is also said that the normal sweat secretion and oil production to lubricate the feet are impaired in diabetics. This causes the skin to tear and break down easier. Impairment of the immune system also slows down the healing process.
- Every 30 seconds, someone loses a limb due to diabetes.
- Controlling blood sugar is a good way to help prevent wounds.
- Casting can help to protect and heal sores on the feet.