Diabetes and your feet
How does Diabetes Affect my feet?
About one in five people with diabetes enters the hospital for foot problems.
Many people with diabetes have mild to severe nerve damage. Nerve damage can cause diminished feeling in the feet. As a result, you may not feel cuts, scratches, and breaks in the skin on your feet. These wounds can lead to unnoticed infection.
Specific Foot Problems: Calluses, Ulcers, Loss of feeling (Neuropathy), Poor Circulation, Amputation.
Tell your Doctor
If you notice any of the following problems, talk with your doctor:
How to prevent foot problems
You can help prevent foot problems by keeping the skin on your feet healthy and intact, and taking immediate steps to care for any irritation that does occur.
Another way to prevent foot problems is to make sure your health care provider checks your feet at least once a year and provides you with a list and explanation of the dos and don'ts of foot care.
When you buy shoes, take extra time to buy shoes that properly fit your feet. Poorly fitted shoes are often responsible for the problems that lead to amputation.
***Never ignore any foot irritation or injury. At the first sign redness, cracked skin or a change in skin color or temperature, call your physician.
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