Foot problems in persons with diabetes are usually the result of three primary factors: neuropathy, poor circulation, and decreased resistance to infection.
A person with diabetes who has not yet developed foot complications should watch for the following warning signs:
- Loss of protective sensation from nerve damage
- Absent pulses in the feet
- Foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes
- A prior foot ulcer and foot or toe amputation
- Pain in the feet or legs, either at rest or while walking
- Open sores, with or without drainage, that are slow to heal
- Ingrown and fungus-infected toenails
- Corns or calluses with bleeding within the skin
- Dry fissures (cracks) in the skin, especially around the heel
Living with diabetes does not mean living with constant foot problems.
The Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center can help.