Diabetes and Foot Problems Slideshow
Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on Friday, October 17, 2008
Diabetic neuropathy is a lack of feeling accompanied by tingling, burning, pain, or numbness in your legs and feet due to nerve damage.
Peripheral vascular disease causes poor blood flow in the arms and legs that can affect the ability of a sore or cut to heal, leading to ulcers or gangrene.
Nails that are infected with a fungus may become discolored, thick and brittle, and may separate from the rest of the nail.
Calluses are a build-up of hard skin, usually on the underside of the foot caused by an uneven distribution of weight.
Bunions form when the big toe angles toward the second toe and becomes red and callused (where the big toe joins the rest of the foot).
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A hammertoe is a toe that is bent because of a weakened muscle that makes the tendons shorter, causing the toes to curl under the feet.
Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of the nail grow into the skin causing redness, swelling, pain, drainage, and infection.
Plantar warts look like calluses on the ball of the foot or on the heel and are caused by a virus that infects the outer layer of skin.
Take care of your diabetes by keeping your blood glucose level within the range recommended by your doctor.
Visit your doctor or podiatrist for regular check-ups
on your feet, even if you don't have any foot problems.
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