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Top 6 Signs Of Diabetic Foot To Be Aware

If you are a diabetic, it’s very important to look out for problems with your feet. “Diabetic Foot” is a term used loosely to describe health problems that occur in the feet including nerve damage, problems with blood flow, and the changing of the foot shape.

Unfortunately, some diabetics have lost a toe, afoot, and even a leg due to the vascular damage that occurs with this condition.

In today’s article, I’m going to share with you the top 6 signs of a diabetic foot to be aware of.

6 Early Signs of Diabetic Foot

  1. Tingling/Burning Sensation If you feel a tingling, burning, stabbing, or shooting pain in the foot or toes then this means you are suffering from neuropathy, a type of nerve damage.

The high insulin and glucose in your blood are killing the nerve endings in your feet. This is one of the early stages of diabetic foot.

  1. Loss Of Sensation Shortly after experiencing the tingling sensations I just mentioned, the feet may start to become numb and you may lose sensation.

This is a sign that the nerve damage is progressing, due to poor blood sugar control.

  1. Athlete’s Foot Although anyone can contract an athlete’s foot, diabetics are more likely to have this more frequently because high blood glucose feeds the foot fungus, causing itching, redness, and cracking of the skin, specifically between the toes. Anti-fungal sprays can be used to cure this.
  2. Diabetic Ulcers If you develop a deep sore or break in the skin that won’t heal, this is indicative of severe problems in the feet due to diabetes.

Foot ulcers can occur from minor scrapes and cuts that won’t heal properly because not enough blood is reaching the feet. Up to 10% of diabetics will get foot ulcers.

  1. Gangrene Foot ulcers that become progressively worse may develop gangrene, a serious condition where the loss of blood causes tissue to die in your feet.

This can lead to amputation and losing your toe/foot, so ensure that you speak to your doctor immediately if your sores produce a sour-smelling puss, with redness and swelling.

  1. Change In Shape Although rare, nerve damage from diabetes can also lead to a change in the shape of your feet.

This usually starts with redness, warmth, and swelling. Later the bones in the feet begin to shift or break causing the feet to have an odd shape, known as “rocker’s bottom”. Medically known as Charcot’s foot.

If you experience any of these symptoms and have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s vital that you speak to your doctor to prepare a treatment plan for your particular case.

Be sure to examine your feet regularly and check for any ingrowing toenails, changes in shape, color, swelling, blisters, corns, or warts, as these can cause more problems for diabetics.

Wash your feet every day in warm, not hot soapy water. Test to make sure that the water isn’t too hot using a thermometer 90-95°F is safe.

It’s also important to keep the blood flowing to your feet, this will help to minimize the damage caused by high insulin and blood sugars.

To do this you can put your feet up whilst you are sitting. Also wiggle your toes for a few minutes throughout the day, moving your ankles up and down to help the blood flow into your feet and legs.

Regular exercise is essential to not only improve blood flow but also to help your body eliminates excess sugar in your blood turning it into energy.

Walking, stretching, swimming or bike riding are excellent ways to do this.