Type 2 Diabetes Guide

Watch for These Diabetes Foot Symptoms

Chronic high blood glucose levels can lead to poor circulation and . These can result in a number of . Diabetics should inspect their feet daily and watch for any changes that may need medical attention.

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  • Wounds that heal slowly (or do not seem to heal at all). Skin that feels warm or hot to the touch might indicate that there is an infection.

  • Pus. Again, this could be a sign of infection and may be serious, especially if it's persistant, bloody drainage.

  • Redness. Redness surrounding a wound (or red streaks spreading from a wound) indicate that an infection is getting worse.

  • Foot 'trauma' such as ingrown toenails, athlete's foot, yellowing toenails, calluses or corns. These could indicate bacterial infections or perhaps recurring foot problems.

  • Numbness. , or nerve damage, is not uncommon. Numbness is a problem because it may prevent you from feeling pain. If you have a wound and don't notice it, it could worsen and become infected before you even realize it's there.

  • Pain. can have many causes. You may have bruised or sprained your foot; there could be an infection; poor circulation; or perhaps your shoes don't fit properly.

  • Swollen feet. This might be caused by something as mild as improperly fitting , but could also be a sign of poor circulation, inflammation, or infection.

In this video, a podiatrist explains foot problems that commonly occur with diabetics:

Regular and a plan can help to improve circulation, control blood glucose levels, and minimize the risk of additional including diabetes foot symptoms. Following a good program can also help to alleviate symptoms.



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