Diabetic foot

Someone who has had diabetes over a long period of time can develop foot problems because of poor blood flow to feet and nerve damages.

People with diabetes are more likely to be admitted to hospital with a foot ulcer than with any other complications of diabetes. This is because diabetes leads to poor circulation and reduced sensation in the feet.

  • People with diabetes should learn how to examine their own feet and how to detect the early signs and symptoms of diabetic foot problems.
  • They should also learn what all precautions can be done at home, when to call the doctor and if a problem has become serious enough they should seek emergency treatment.

Common foot problems are

  • Corns and calluses
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunion
  • Athlete's foot
  • Dry and cracked skin

To prevent foot problems, wear comfortable shoes that fit properly and keep your toenails trimmed to the shape of the toe. Exercises, which increases blood flow to the feet, can also help keep feet healthy.

Smoking can increase the risk of foot problems or make them worse.

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