One of the side effects of diabetes is poor blood flow to the legs and feet.
This can cause injuries that heal slowly, which increases the risk of infection.
In addition, half of those with type 2 diabetes experience damage to the nervous systems, called diabetic neuropathy.
This can cause diabetics to lose feeling in extremities.
This also means that foot issues that might otherwise cause minor discomfort can lead to more significant problems among diabetics.
For example, if you wear a shoe that’s too tight you might get a blister, which can lead to an infection. However, you might not notice the injury until it’s too late due to decreased nerve sensitivity.
In the worst cases, untreated foot problems can result in amputation.
How do you know if you are experiencing diabetic-related foot issues?
While symptoms vary from person to person, the most common warning signs include:
In addition, if a foot wound becomes infected, you may experience fever, chills, or shaking.
A foot infection can also cause a significant change in your blood sugar level.
If you think you have a foot infection, seek emergency care immediately.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
You should also schedule an appointment to take care of any corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, warts, or slivers.
You should never try to treat these yourself.
In addition, you should have your feet checked at least once a year by your doctor or podiatrist to screen for any loss of circulation and neuropathy.
During this visit, your doctor should screen you for diabetic neuropathy and loss of circulation.