'Diabetic foot': more complicated than previously thought

Previously we've written about the severity of diabetic foot- the term for a collection of serious foot conditions caused by Diabetes Mellitus which in severe cases can cause death or necessitate lower limb amputation.

However, research indicates that the physical effects of Diabetic Foot, like infections, ulcers and nerve damage, might not be the only effects of Diabetic Foot. 

The research, the first of it's kind, was completed in 2017 and was a comprehensive cognitive assessment of diabetics with and without Diabetic Foot, to investigate other non-visible effects of the condition. 

The results were sobering; showing significant differences between the two groups. The Ben-Gurion University who conducted the research found that diabetic patients with diabetic foot complications suffer cognitive difficulties much greater than the general diabetic population. 

Rachel Natovich specifically found that people who suffer from diabetic foot:

  • Remember less;
  • Have decreased concentration;
  • Increased difficulty with learning;
  • Decreased inhibition;
  • Slower cognitive and psychomotor responses;
  • Decreased verbal fluency;
  • A lower perceived quality of life and health; and
  • Are at higher risk of suffering from major depression.

Diabetic foot is one of the most preventable long-term complications of diabetes, despite being very severe. It presents itself as non-healing foot ulcers and necrosis. Which, when untreated, can lead to repeated amputations. 

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Until now research regarding diabetic foot has focused mainly on epidemiology, prevention and ulcer treatment. However, what this research reminds us is that the micro and macrovascular changes underlying Diabetic Foot are systemically- they occur in many different organs including the brain, and more research focusing on patients cognitive functioning has been overlooked.

“This study demonstrates that ‘diabetic foot’ refers not only to a physical condition but rather to a more generalized complex state involving significant cognitive changes as well. This new information is an important contribution to the treatment [and ongoing care] of these patients due to their increased risk for medical complications and the unique challenge that they present to healthcare providers,” says Natovich.

    Natovich proposes practical changes to the treatment strategy for patients with diabetic foot including being routinely monitored for cognitive changes; a healthcare provider taking a more active role in patient care, and patients with diabetic foot participating in group physical activity treatment.

    So what can you do to protect yourself from the effects and ongoing damage of Diabetic foot? 

    Well, did you know that the socks you wear can have a BIG impact on your feet? For instance, do they rub your skin uncomfortably? Do they stay wet or damp? Are the tops restrictive and do they cut in? All three of these factors can lead to small, but serious, open cuts or sores that are ripe for an infection. Ideally, you should choose socks that do none of the above, but socks can also actively help your feet

    Glucology Diabetic Copper Socks, for example, have copper woven into the material utilising an awesome Australian-patented technology. These socks are so efficacious that they have been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association as a Class I Medical Device! They kill 99.9% of bacteria and fungi that cause odour, are hypoallergenic, actively draw water away from the skin and actually improve the appearance of skin.

    There are also over-the-counter solutions that you can use for dry or cracked skin. Our recommendation is DIA-BALM; THE Specialist Diabetic Foot Care Cream. Australian made and owned, DIA-BALM was designed by LaCorium Health specifically for the treatment and prevention of dry, cracking skin so commonly seen by diabetics. It is scientifically proven and so easy to use. 


    DIA-BALM dissolves dry dead skin while helping healthy skin maintain hydration, making it more flexible and better able to keep out infections. DIA-BALM can also be used to prevent the development of dry, cracked skin as well as maintain healthy skin, so don’t hesitate to head to your local chemist or look online to keep your skin nice and healthy.

    IBD Medical (an IBD Group company) is an Australian-owned boutique pharmacy sales and distribution company. We are committed to providing innovative yet cost-effective solutions to common personal problems. We search the world for high-end quality medical & personal care products that have been proven to be effective. We then make them available to our customers in Australia at affordable prices. 

    Article by: Viva Sarah Press Israel21c

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    • I would like to make an awareness that painful ,numb feet,peripheral neuropathy ,fasciitis,tendonitis can be caused by a vital vitamin b12 deficiency.Both my hubby & I were tested for diabetes when we were having frequent falls,pain & numb feet.Medications like metformin which is frequently prescribed for diabetes or PCOS can deplete vit b12 resulting in a deficiency.Unfortunately these reactions & symptons are not recognised resulting in causing permanent nerve damage.

      Marilyn Cody
    • Having had type 2 diabetes for a number of years and now being insulin dependent, I have found that sensible eating of proper meals which are based on fresh vegetables and small amounts of red or white meat and fish not only help glucose levels but with peripheral neuropathy as well. I don’t agree with those people who talk about “the high cost of buying diabetic food”. Even the poorest person can live and eat well on a tight budget like a Centrelink payment, as I have to. You should not even consider buying so-called “diabetic foods”. Most of them are full of non-essential ingredients which can only hurt your body and do even greater damage to your pocket !!

      Von C.
    • I to have used Dia-Balm foot cream and have patients who have also used it on their chaffed elbows with good effect.

      Anne Fogarty
    • A real diabetic foot is called for Charcot foot.none of theses will help it

    • Ive been a diabetic since 2000. Now I’m on insulin, jardiance and glucovance. My feet is my biggest problem as I feel my feet are like wood esp in the morning when I wake up. My legs feel like burning when I walk long, or doing gym. I do taichi and dancing and a bit of fitness exercise. My feet has been the biggest problem bugging me. I also go hypoglaecemic at night. I have to wake up and test my sugar its always below 5mmol…I eat a jelly bean or drink a little milk, then I feel better.


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