Can Diabetic Foot Problems Be Diagnosed?
Just as in diagnosing any illness, diagnosing diabetic foot pain is accomplished by a healthcare professional observing for signs and symptoms of the foot problems associated with diabetes and testing for abnormalities in the sense of touch and the perception of vibration.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Pain
The signs and symptoms of nerve damage to the feet due to diabetes include:
- Loss of the ability to sense vibrations
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of the sense of pain, light touch, and temperature
- Later in the disease process, foot pain
Complications of Diabetic Nerve Damage in the Feet
Because of the vascular compromise to the nerves providing sensory input for the tissues of the feet in diabetics–and the resulting failure of those nerves to provide pain as a warning signal–the damage due to nerve deficiencies is insidious. Therefore, complications from this damage can sneak up on an unsuspecting patient.
When the nerves cannot warn a patient of harm or injury, the very loss of these sensations puts the patient at risk for even more damage since it continues unnoticed for some time. Eventually, the patient experiences the unmistakeable problems of diabetic ulcers, infections, and inflammation not only can involving the feet, but affecting their deeper tissues and even joints.
Today, this relentless cascade of complications can even reach the point of requiring amputation, and today diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputations. This end-result is as unnecessary as it is serious, as it is completely preventable, and prevention is traditionally the safest, cheapest, and smartest way to maintain health.