Diabetes Complication #2: Foot Problems

Filed Under: Blood Sugar, Diabetes Complications
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes complications are vast, but one of the most common diabetes complications is problems with the feet. 

For people with diabetic neuropathy, diminished sensation in the feet can lead to a host of problems, including an underestimation of wound severity. At the same time, impaired circulation makes diabetics more susceptible to infection and retards wound healing. 

For most of us, small blisters or scrapes on the feet are minor problems that go away within days, but for people living with diabetes, they can spell disaster. This is why I tell people who are managing diabetes that they can never pay too much attention to their feet.

Here is a list of common foot problems that, if present in diabetics and left untreated, can increase risk of foot amputation.

  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Blisters
  • Bunions
  • Dry Skin
  • Foot Ulcers
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Plantar Warts
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