Diabetic Foot

Diabetes causes nerve damage and issues with the flow of blood in the feet and lower limbs. Nerve damage in the feet is dangerous because it reduces the sensations that you feel, which makes it difficult to tell when you've had a foot injury. Minor injuries like a blister or cut on your foot then become a risk for further complications, especially considering that reduced blood flow often prevents your body from properly healing, even when a cut or wound is relatively small.

Listen to your feet; they’re telling you a lot about your body! Over time, people with diabetes experience symptoms and changes in their feet. Speak with your chiropodist if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Numbness, tingling or strange feelings in your feet, including a heavy or spongy feeling
  • Dry, peeling, cracking skin, or skin irritations
  • New calluses or corns
  • Chronic foot wounds or delays in the healing of cuts or scrapes
  • Changes in how your foot looks or moves.

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