Foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country and with the increasing incidence of diabetes, looking after your feet has never been more important.
How Diabetes affects the Foot
It is important to consult a podiatrist as soon as possible if you experience any of the following;
Numbness, pins and needles or burning sensation
Persistent pain in your feet or ankles.
Changes in the nails or skin on your foot.
Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot.
Blisters on your feet.
There are signs of bacterial infection, including:
Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
Red streaks extending from the affected area.
Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail or the surrounding skin.
Thickening toenails that cause discomfort.
Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness.
Tingling in the heel; persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel