The Diabetic Foot

The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems. Diabetes can affect the nerves and vessels in your feet and lead to severe and chronic problems that could even result in a foot or leg amputation. Therefore, if you are diabetic, it is crucial to check your feet daily and visit your podiatrist.

Inspect your feet daily.

If you are unable to bend, utilize a mirror or ask a family member to check the soles of your feet for any cracks or openings. Calluses and corns, which form due to an increase in pressure to certain places on the feet, can ulcerate; accommodative shoes or orthotics can help prevent them from occurring. Check in between the toes for fissures or discoloration. It is common for diabetics to develop a fungal infection in the interspaces, due to the moist environment.

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