Diabetic foot problems

People with diabetes can experience a number of potentially serious problems affecting their feet,some of which can be very painful. This is because the condition can damage nerves and blood vessels in your feet.

Foot problems that can affect people with diabetesinclude:

  • nerve damage ( peripheral neuropathy ) , which cancause numbness and burning, stabbing or shooting pains in your feet
  • poor circulation (ischaemia) , which can cause your feet to become painful, cold, red and swollen
  • skin ulcers painfulsores that take a very long time toheal
  • skin infections ulcers thatbecome red and swollen, and may produce a foul-smelling odour and green discharge

Contact your GP or diabetes care team immediately if you have diabetes and think you have developed a problem with one or both of your feet.

Occasionally they can occur as a result of osteoporosis (weakened bones).

Any bone in and aroundthe foot can be affected, including the:

  • bones in the middle of your feet (such as themetatarsals)
  • heel
  • toes read more about a broken toe
  • ankle read more abouta broken ankle
  • bones of the lower leg read more abouta broken leg

The affected area will be very painful and tender to touch, and the skin may be bruised. You should stop all activity immediately and avoidputting weight on your foot until you see a doctor.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018