People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. With high blood glucose levels, even ordinary problems can get worse leading to serious complications.
Mostly, diabetics suffer from foot problems due to neuropathy (nerve damage) which may result into tingling, pain, burning, stinging, loss of or reduced sensations or weakness in the foot. Loss of feeling in the foot can result in stepping on some sharp object causing injury without the person realising, and this can result in infections which if not noted on time can lead to complications as severe as gangrene.
Compromised blood supply along with lack of sensation due to neuropathy, predisposes a diabetic to several foot complications like ulcerations, infections, Athlete's Feet, skin infections, Fungal infections of the nail, calluses, corns, blisters, bunion, ingrown toe nails, plantar warts and neuropathic osteoarthropathy. The incidence of people with diabetes to have a foot or leg amputated is much higher than other people.
Diabetic Foot clinics are programs associated to take care and to prevent diabetics from all foot related problems.
Dr. Sanjay Vaidya