What Does Diabetes Do To My Feet?

With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it's at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror.

Diabetics are recommended to use a team of doctors to help manage their bodies. A podiatrist should be seen regularly, at least yearly and in extreme cases 2x's a year to help maintain proper foot health.