What symptoms and problems have you experienced with your feet due to diabetes?
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What are examples
and symptoms of foot problems caused by diabetes?
In the most severe case, as mentioned above, due to a combination of
decreased sensation and reduced blood flow to the feet, ulcers may develop. If
the tissues continue to receive insufficient oxygen, tissue death (gangrene)
occurs. Gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.
Other potentially serious problems that may develop include cellulitis and
osteomyelitis; sepsis is also possible.
People with diabetes are at increased risk for milder problems with the feet
that are not specific to diabetes but may occur more frequently due to problems
with the nerves and circulation to the feet.
Some of these conditions are:
Calluses and corns, that may develop
due to abnormal alignment of the feet or abnormal gait
Fungal infections of the nails, which
can appear as thickened, discolored, and at times brittle nails
Tinea pedis, or
athlete's foot, a
fungal infection of the skin of the feet
Hammertoes, or bent toes due to muscle
Bunions, or the angling of the big toe
toward the second toe. The area of the bunion may become reddened and irritated,
leading to callus formation.
Cracking of the skin of the feet,
especially the heels, due to dry skin