Diabetes and foot care: An overview

Foot problems are common in people with diabetes, and they can be serious if left untreated. Diabetes can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation, which can make it difficult for you to feel or notice injuries or infections on your feet. This can lead to ulcers, infections, and even amputations. Some common foot problems associated with diabetes include:Calluses: Thick, hardened areas of skin that develop from repeated pressure or friction. Corns: Small, raised bumps of thickened skin that usually develop on the toes. Dry skin: Dry, cracked skin that can lead to infection. Fungal infections: Infections caused by fungi, such as athlete's foot or toenail fungus. Ingrown toenails: Toenails that grow into the skin around the nail, causing pain and infection. Ulcers: Open sores that can develop on the feet, particularly on the balls of the feet or the bottom of the toes. Charcot foot: A condition in which the bones in the foot weaken and fracture, causing the foot to become deformed.Gangrene: The death of tissue due to a lack of blood flow, which can lead to amputation.

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