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by Regina Fancy (2020-03-23)

Our nerves act as an alarm and warn us StrictionBP when something is wrong. If the nerves are damaged, we do not get that warning so the problem gets worse and we are not aware of it. Pain is not the only thing we might not feel with the damaged nerves, we might not be able to feel heat or cold. Or, we might not be able to feel a cut or a sore on the foot or leg since there is no feeling to that area. So, without feeling, the cut or sore can get worse and eventually become infected. This lack of feeling is called diabetic neuropathy.Damaged nerves are not the only thing to worry about with diabetes, there is also decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. When this happens it is difficult for any sores or infections on the leg area to heal properly. This is known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Doctors will warn people with diabetes to not smoke because smoking makes PVD worse.Because of the problems with nerve damage and decreased blood flow to the legs and feet, it is extremely important to check your feet every day for any cuts, blisters from bad fitting shoes, toes nails that are sore as the result of cutting too close, other sores or redness not easily noticed and swelling anywhere on the leg or foot.Say for instance, you get a blister because your shoes do not fit properly. Well, you do not feel the pain from the blister because of the nerve damage. Since you do not feel the pain, the blister can easily become infected and since your blood sugar is high, the high blood sugar feeds the infection (germs). Now, the germs start growing because they are being fed and the infected area becomes a lot worse. The poor blood flow has slowed the healing process to your legs.