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How can tendon damage affect diabetics?

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Exercise is important to help keep your diabetes under control, but you may find it harder to work out when your tendons are painful and stiff.

Damage to the Achilles tendon, in the back of your heel, can limit the movement of your ankle. This limited motion forces you to put extra pressure on the middle of your foot with each step, which increases your risk for foot sores.

Talk to your doctor about ways to make sure your blood sugar levels stay down while you recover from tendon problems.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood glucose control and exercise," "Tight Diabetes Control."

American Journal of Sports Medicine : "The influence of diabetes mellitus on clinical and structural outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair."

British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systematic review with meta-analysis."

Diabetic Medicine : "Alterations of tendons in patients with diabetes mellitus: A systematic review."

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Trust: "Joint, Muscle and Bone Problems Associated with Diabetes."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes: Complications," "Frozen Shoulder."

Reeves, Christopher L. Tendon Repairs and Transfers for the Foot and Ankle.

Rheumatology : "Occurrence of tendon pathologies in metabolic disorders."

Spine: "Effects of epidural steroid injections on blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood glucose control and exercise," "Tight Diabetes Control."

American Journal of Sports Medicine : "The influence of diabetes mellitus on clinical and structural outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair."

British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systematic review with meta-analysis."

Diabetic Medicine : "Alterations of tendons in patients with diabetes mellitus: A systematic review."

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Trust: "Joint, Muscle and Bone Problems Associated with Diabetes."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes: Complications," "Frozen Shoulder."

Reeves, Christopher L. Tendon Repairs and Transfers for the Foot and Ankle.

Rheumatology : "Occurrence of tendon pathologies in metabolic disorders."

Spine: "Effects of epidural steroid injections on blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

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