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What are the ways that diabetes affects your feet?

What are the ways that diabetes affects your feet?

Various factors: Diabetic patients often times will have poor circulation and a diminished healing ability which makes them more susceptible to developing foot infections. The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. If not treated promptly and appropriately, the foot ulcer can become infected, . ...Read more

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How can you treat a diabetes foot wound?

How can you treat a diabetes foot wound?

See a physician: I would recommend being evaluated by a podiatrist. Diabetic foot wounds can be difficult to treat and must be treated properly. This could include antibiotics for possible infections, prescription wound care products, and custom off loading devices. ...Read more

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Could diabetes cause your feet to swell up?

Could diabetes cause your feet to swell up?

Indirectly yes...: Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How can diabetes cause people to lose their foot?

How can diabetes cause people to lose their foot?

Three main reasons: Diabetes accelerates the process of atherosclerosis which may lead to decreased blood flow into the legs. Normal blood flow is needed to bring oxygen as well as white cells to fight any infection. The ability of white cells to fight infection is often impaired in diabetes, particularly if poorly controlled. Finally, nerve damage can lead to skin breakdown that a diabetic is not aware of. ...Read more

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What are common foot problems of people with diabetes?

What are common foot problems of people with diabetes?

Various factors: Diabetic patients often times will have poor circulation and a diminished healing ability which makes them more susceptible to developing foot ulcers and infections. The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. If not treated promptly and appropriately, the foot ulcer can become infected. ...Read more

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Can I tell from my feet if I'm suffering from diabetes?

Can I tell from my feet if I'm suffering from diabetes?

Sometimes: Some of the advanced changes that we see in diabetic with neuropathic changes are:
loss of protective sensation to the feet (neuropathy)
wounds that are slow to heal
excessive dryness
excessive callus formation
wasting of the small muscles in the feet resulting in deformities

if you think you might be diabetic, stop in with your primary care provider for a few simple diagnostic tests first. ...Read more

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Why foot cares are so important for those with diabetes?

Why foot cares are so important for those with diabetes?

Various factors: Diabetic patients often times will have poor circulation and a diminished healing ability which makes them more susceptible to developing foot infections. The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. If not treated promptly and appropriately, the foot ulcer can become infected, . ...Read more

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What are some common foot problems of people with diabetes?

What are some common foot problems of people with diabetes?

Neuropathy: Which could lead to ulcers would be the one to be concerned about..... ...Read more

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I have diabetes I'm feeling pains on the bottom of my feet?

I have diabetes I'm feeling pains on the bottom of my feet?

Have it evaluated.: Pain in that area could be due to trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, inflammation, metabolic conditions (gout) musculoskeletal (bony over growth) or biomechanical abnormality, or neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly laboratory and radiology exams could determine the cause. Have it evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how come feet swell when you have diabetes?

I was just wondering how come feet swell when you have diabetes?

Most common...: Is patient losing protein in urine due to kidneys damaged by diabetes, and reduced protein in blood allows fluid to leak into tissues, gravity dependent, so seen in legs irst. ...Read more

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With foot problems from diabetes what else should I be looking for?

With foot problems from diabetes what else should I be looking for?

Eye and hand proble: Diabstes is a systemic disease. It affects multitude of organs and systems. It affecs kidneys, peripheral blood vessels, peripheral nerves, the eyes, to mention the few. In the extremities, it affects the sensation in the form of peripheral neuritis causing tingling, pain, numbness thereby making it prone to trauma because of lack of feeling and when the skin breaksdown healing become difficult beacuse. ...Read more

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What are some things I need to do if I have diabetes and they tell me I need to take care of my feet?

What are some things I need to do if I have diabetes and they tell me I need to take care of my feet?

Foot care: Some basic things you should do is: wear properly fitting shoes to avoid blisters; always protect your feet and avoid being barefooted; wash your feet every day; inspect your feet regularly for any sores and breaks in the skin. ...Read more

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Pains in my feet when laying down? Had diabetes test last year. Was normal. Can this be diabetes now?

Pains in my feet when laying down? Had diabetes test last year. Was normal. Can this be diabetes now?

Could be...: Foot pain could result from different reasons, of which may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout) musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality, or neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly laboratory and radiology exams could determine the cause. If symptoms persist get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm waiting for confirmation of a diabetes diagnosis. I feel terrible spasms in my feet. Is this an emergency?

I'm waiting for confirmation of a diabetes diagnosis. I feel terrible spasms in my feet. Is this an emergency?

No: Muscle spasms and cramps can occur from many different things and is not a sign of diabetes.
It could be dehydration, vitamin inbalance, overuse syndrome. ...Read more

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Hi, for several months, I have been experiencing pain in my feet, sometimes one or both. I did go to dr but diabetes was not the issue. What's next?

Hi, for several months, I have been experiencing pain in my feet, sometimes one or both. I did go to dr but diabetes was not the issue. What's next?

Do special tests: If you are having a neuropathy, either a neurologist or a physiiatrist can do a nerve conduction test (NCV) and an elctromyogram (EMG) to demonstrate this. If you don't have a neuropathy, either arthritis in the bones of your feet or ill-fitting shoes may be your answer ...Read more

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What causes diabetes in the foot?

What causes diabetes in the foot?

Not just in the foot: Diabetes is a systemic condition that effects the entire body. If can effect the foot causing pain, numbness, diminished circulation, increased risk of infection, and increased risk of certain fractures. ...Read more

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What causes issues with feet if you have diabetes?

Poor circulation: High blood sugar thicken arterial walls from plaque deposition which prevents micronutrient and oxygen exchange leading to loss of skin and damage to distal nerve cells. Without normal nerve sensation people are insensitive to ill fitting shoes and suffer skin injuries from unrelieved pressure points and this can cause tissue and bone infections causing non heaingl painless foot ulcers. ...Read more

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When they say sores that don't heal are linked to diabetes do they mean mainly on feet or everywhere? What's the biggest clue? Thanks dr!

When they say sores that don't heal are linked to diabetes do they mean mainly on feet or everywhere? What's the biggest clue? Thanks dr!

Yes to both: Diabetic ulcers typically occur on the lower legs. However, wounds everywhere can take longer to heal in diabetics.

Excessive thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss can be signs of undetected diabetes. ...Read more

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Top of feet itchy is a sign of diabetes?

Top of feet itchy is a sign of diabetes?

More like dry skin: Dry skin may be itchy with or without the diabetes present. General skin care is advised, but may need to watch out for skin fungus. I suggest you have it looked at by a physician. ...Read more

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What does diabetes do to cause foot pain?

What does diabetes do to cause foot pain?

Too much sugar: Elevated sugar levels interfere with the very small blood vessels and the nerves in the feet to cause neuropathy.
The problem may be pain - or lack of any sensation in the feet. ...Read more

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Why does diabetes lead to a pain in the foot?

Why does diabetes lead to a pain in the foot?

Neuropathy: Sometimes presents as a painful condition and other times as a loss of sensation. It is a disease which can potentially mess up if you will the "electrical circuit" of the body. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause enourmous pain in feet 24/7?

Can diabetes cause enourmous pain in feet 24/7?

Yes: Diabetics can get diabetic neuropathy which can cause this. Also, diabetics are at higher risk for peripheral vascular disease. You need to see a doctor about this. ...Read more

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How to deal with foot pain related to diabetes?

MD input: It is essential that you obtain input from your internist or your endcrinologist. One possible option that can be quite effective is acupuncture. ...Read more

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What exactly does diabetes has to do with foot pain?

What exactly does diabetes has to do with foot pain?

Neuropathic pain: Most people with diabetes develop neuropathy, with burning sensation of feet/toes. There are also possible bony changes that could contribute to foot deformity and pain. See a podiatrist if you have diabetic to prevent furthe complications. Neuropathy may lead to ulceration and foot amputation. ...Read more

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What causes the pain in feet when diabetes is also present?

What causes the pain in feet when diabetes is also present?

Many possibilities: Foot pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions with pain in feet, do to diabetes?

Can you give me suggestions with pain in feet, do to diabetes?

Nerver disfunction: Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Neuropathy may affect your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and the heart. For some people, the symptoms are mild; for others, it can be painful and disabling. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and I am getting itching in my feet. Is itnormal?

I have diabetes and I am getting itching in my feet. Is itnormal?

Common: Itchy feet are a common symptom in diabetes, such as the diabetes type 2 for which you are taking metformin. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. Examine your feet daily to rule out infection. Use mild soap with moisturizer and apply skin cream after bathing. If not improving, see your doctor. Also, make sure to see your specialist eye md for annual eye exams. ...Read more

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What to do if you have really bad foot pain and you have diabetes?

What to do if you have really bad foot pain and you have diabetes?

See a podiatrist: Many things can cause foot pain. The fact that someone is diabetic doesn't automatically mean that the diabetes is the cause. I would suggest evaluation by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What can I do if my aunt has excruciating foot pain from diabetes?

What can I do if my aunt has excruciating foot pain from diabetes?

Have it evaluated.: Pain in that area could be due to trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, inflammation, metabolic conditions (gout) musculoskeletal (bony over growth) or biomechanical abnormality, or neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly laboratory and radiology exams could determine the cause. Have it evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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Can heat sensation and/or swelling in the feet be caused by diabetes?

Can heat sensation and/or swelling in the feet be caused by diabetes?

Possibly: Diabetes can cause neuropathy, which can cause many different neurologic signs such as pain, numbness, tingling, or heat/cold sensations. Swelling is less likely directly from diabetes, though diabetics often have vascular problems that can contribute to it. ...Read more

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What can be done for someone who has excruciating foot pain from diabetes?

What can be done for someone who has excruciating foot pain from diabetes?

See Your Physician: It is imperitive that you see your pcp or podiatrist asap

you should have your blood sugars closely monitored and controlled and a thorough evaluation of your painful foot and ankle, including xrays and a vascular examination.

www. Acfas, org. ...Read more

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My grand and greatgrandparents had foot problems from diabetes. How can I avoid it?

Get checked yourself: Get yourself checked out for diabetes and if you have it achieve optimal control. Ignoring it is the worst thing you could do. ...Read more

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My brother has diabetes and is losing sensation in feet and feels them numb. What can it be and how can we improve his condition?

My brother has diabetes and is losing sensation in feet and feels them numb. What can it be and how can we improve his condition?

Diabetic neuropathy: This sounds like Diabetic Neuropathy. It is important to make sure that Diabetes is well controlled. Medications like Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) might help. He should see his doctor, ...Read more

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Please I am experiencing numbness in the feet and I don't have diabetes. My dad is also experiencing same. What kind of medication can you advise?

Please I am experiencing numbness in the feet and I don't have diabetes. My dad is also experiencing same. What kind of medication can you advise?

Depends on the cause: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Both of my feet hurt like i, m walking on rocks. I, m heavy I don, t have diabetes. It, s getting more and more uncomforable to work or walk.

Both of my feet hurt like i, m walking on rocks. I, m heavy I don, t have diabetes. It, s getting more and more uncomforable to work or walk.

Many possibilities: Foot pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more