People with diabetes have an increased risk of ulcers and damage to the feet.
Diabetic foot problems also include bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, fungal infections, dryness of the skin, and ingrown toenails.
What are signs of diabetic feet?
Signs of Diabetic Foot Problems
- Changes in skin color.
- Changes in skin temperature.
- Swelling in the foot or ankle.
- Pain in the legs.
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining.
- Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
- Corns or calluses.
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.
How do you treat diabetic feet?
Diabetes Foot Care Guidelines
- Inspect your feet daily.
- Bathe feet in lukewarm, never hot, water.
- Be gentle when bathing your feet.
- Moisturize your feet but not between your toes.
- Cut nails carefully.
- Never treat corns or calluses yourself.
- Wear clean, dry socks.
- Consider socks made specifically for patients living with diabetes.
Is Charcot foot caused by diabetes?
When a diabetic fractures a bone in the foot, he or she may not realize it because of nerve damage. This condition is called Charcot arthropathy, and is one of the most serious foot problems that diabetics face. This patient with Charcot arthropathy has a severe deformity caused by the breakdown of the ankle joint.