A member asked:

Help! is it possible to have diabetic foot without being diagnosed with diabetes?

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Dr. Alan Kelly answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

No: So we need to know what you mean by "diabetic foot." Do you mean neuropathy? The tingling, burning, or loss of sensation? Or do you have open sores on your feet?

Answered 5/24/2014

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Yes of course: If you have not been to a doctor in years, it is possible that you have come down with diabetes and now have foot problems. I have to diagnose diabetes in my eye clinic every week. If you have seen your doctor and had diabetes ruled out, then no, you can't have a diabetic foot. The only exception I have seen is a longstanding case of diabetes with problems now reversed through diet and exercise.

Answered 8/21/2014

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