Most basic foot issues can easily be fixed for the general population, but if you have diabetes, something even as minor as dry skin can cause you extra pain (and footache!) Here are a few common issues for diabetics to watch out for.

  1. Neuropathy – Diabetic neuropathy is when your nerves are damaged by the high levels of glucose in your body. Although the nerve damage itself won’t directly cause any pain, the lack of sensation can make it difficult for you to recognize that you have an open wound on your foot. Open wounds left untreated can become very serious issues.
  2. Fungal Nail Infections – If you are diabetic, there is a chance that you have circulation issues. This makes fungal nails even more problematic. If topical solutions are not helping, you may need to get an oral medicine to help treat the problem from the inside out.
  3. Athlete’s Foot – Diabetes causes your skin to dry out making you more prone to bacteria. Even the smallest cracks in your skin can make it very difficult for you to get rid of athlete’s foot once you have it. If you want to make sure to get rid of athlete’s foot, get new socks and thoroughly clean the insides of your shoes!
  4. Blisters – If you are diabetic, you are not more likely to get blisters than the average person. However, you ARE more likely to get an infected blister if you do get one. Make sure to never pop open blisters; they don’t heal faster that way, and you increasing your risk of getting an infection.
  5. Foot Ulcers – When your foot has a crack or a sore that goes deep into your skin, it is an ulcer. For diabetics, an ulcer can start with something small such as a minor cut or even mild blisters from the friction between your toes and your shoes. If you don’t address the problem immediately, you can get very serious infections that may need surgical treatment.

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been educating and treating patients for over eighteen years. If you have any questions call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.


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