Healthy Bones, Joints & Muscles

Are foot problems life threatening?

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  • AJames Ioli, DPM, Podiatric Medicine, answered
    For the most part, foot problems are annoying, painful, and sometimes disabling, but they are rarely life-threatening. The most frequent foot problems include blisters, bunions, corns, and ingrown toenails. At times, however, untreated foot problems can have life-altering consequences, especially for the many Americans with diabetes. About 15% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer, and each year up to a quarter of those foot ulcers lead to complications that require amputating a toe or foot.
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