Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. The sugar (glucose) level in the blood is controlled by the hormone insulin, produced by the pancreas. However, in diabetics, the pancreas cannot produce insulin according to the body's needs. As a result, glucose not absorbed by the body's cells properly will accumulate in the blood, causing various disorders in the body's organs.
In contrast to healthy people, wounds in diabetics take longer to heal. One part of the body of diabetics that is easily injured is the soles of the feet. Improper handling resulted in the wound becoming infected, one of the worst outcomes of an infection is that a leg may have to be amputated.
Why are the soles of the feet easy to hurt? Wounds on the feet of diabetics are called diabetic ulcers, which occur due to poor blood circulation, so blood flow does not flow to the feet properly. In addition, high glucose levels can also trigger nerve damage in the feet, causing numbness of the feet. This can lead to sores on the underside of the big toe or the sole of the forefoot.
Diabetics must be extra careful in carrying out daily activities so that wounds do not arise, especially on the legs.
How to treat a diabetic foot wound?
For those who suffer from diabetes, don't take it lightly if you experience an injury, especially if it occurs on the sole of the foot. Improper handling will worsen the condition of the wound and can be fatal.