Foot Health Facts for Diabetics

Having diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, often because of two complications of the disease: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation.

For those with diabetes, small foot problems can turn into serious complications, including: 

  • ulcers (sores) that don’t heal
  • corns
  • calluses
  • cracked heels
  • hammertoes
  • bunions
  • ingrown toenails

Untreated diabetes can result in other conditions, such as:

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy – this condition doesn’t emerge overnight. Instead, it usually develops slowly and worsens over time. Some patients have this condition long before they are diagnosed with diabetes. Having diabetes for several years may increase the likelihood of having diabetic neuropathy.

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