Diabetes has type 1 and type 2, both cause damage to blood vessels as well as peripheral nerves, because of this we can experience issues with our legs and feet. People with diabetes are more prone to foot complications and 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. These problems are not specific to diabetes, but may occur more commonly due to the nerve and vascular damage caused by diabetes.
Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage, also called neuropathy. This can cause tingling, pain (burning or stinging), or weakness in the foot. It can also cause loss of feeling in the foot, so you can injure it and not know it. Poor blood flow or changes in the shape of your feet or toes may also cause problems. So, it’s important to be extra careful about your feet when you suffer from diabetes because there may be issues that you don’t even notice.
If you or anyone you know may be struggling with diabetes related foot issues, please contact us! We always aim to educate our patients on their diagnosis and treatment options. If you would like more information you can also request a free copy of our Diabetes book below!