Stop Foot Trouble in Its Tracks ( Diabetes )
People with diabetes have the same foot problems that people without diabetes experience â€” corns, calluses, bunions, ingrown toenails, arthritis, and broken bones. However, these ordinary foot problems can be more serious in people with diabetes if they also have diabetic nerve disease or poor circulation. This is why it’s especially important to closely examine your feet on a regular basis, and to report any abnormalities to your doctor.
People with diabetic nerve damage lose normal feeling in their feet, so they may not notice an injury, sores, or high-pressure areas. They may continue to walk on an injury or high-pressure spot that would cause pain in someone without nerve damage. This could cause a wound or ulcer. Once the skin is broken, an ulcer can become infected. Your blood carries oxygen, white blood cells that attack bacteria, and healing nutrients to wounds. It also carries any antibiotics that you take. If there’s an inadequate supply of blood to your feet, however, an ulcer can be difficult or impossible to heal. If not treated, some of these foot infections will lead to amputation.