Arthritis and diabetes are both systemic conditions that have adverse - and often uncomfortable or painful - effects on the body. While some damage cannot be reversed, it can be managed so you can remain as comfortable as possible on your feet.
While there are many arthritides, when we talk about arthritis in the feet or legs, there are three main types:
Diabetes puts your feet at a significant risk of injury. This is because of the way it affects the blood vessels and the nerves, which lead to decreased sensation and blood flow to the feet.
When your ability to feel is reduced, you are at a higher risk of injuring your foot and not being able to detect the injury or wound - even if it is an open wound. With impaired blood flow and circulation to the feet, it is harder for the wound to heal and leaves you vulnerable to infection. If infection occurs, it is again more difficult for your body to clear the infection.
This is why it’s very important to have regular neurovascular assessments, so you are completely aware of what is happening with your sensation and circulation in your feet, understand the risks, and can take the appropriate precautions.