Warning Signs

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.