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What are the symptoms of diabetic foot problems?

Diabetic foot problems don't always present symptoms, but signs can include loss of feeling or changes in the skin.

Over time, diabetes can lead to nerve damage and circulation problems, which can cause a loss of sensation in your feet as well as other extremities. Symptoms may be slight at first and may include tingling and numbness or dulled perception of pain, heat, and cold in your lower extremities. These conditions make your feet vulnerable to injury and can also interfere with the healing process—a dangerous combination.

If you have diabetes, protect your feet by washing and checking them daily for redness, blisters, scrapes, or cuts. If it's difficult for you to give them a good daily inspection yourself, ask a caregiver to check them, and ask your doctor to check your feet at every visit. Otherwise, your doctor should check your feet at least once a year.

Dr. Christopher P. Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Symptoms of diabetes-related foot problems include:

  • Changes in the color of your feet
  • Swelling or pain in your feet or legs
  • Cracks in the skin, especially around your heels
  • Open sores anywhere on your feet
  • Wounds that don't heal

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