How Does Diabetes Affect the Foot

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will understand that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal. But you might not have realised that this raised blood sugar level can damage the small nerves and blood vessels in the feet. This can, without your knowledge, affect the feeling and the circulation in the feet. Obviously if you get a small blister and you can’t feel the pain, the top can rub off the blister, leaving a small injury which could then become infected and hard to heal. All this without you actually feeling it!

Recent research in Type 2 Diabetes have given us great hope – with changes in eating habits it is possible to reverse Type 2 Diabetes back to normal blood sugar level. If this is something that you would like to investigate further, check out: 

Or speak to the Podiatrists in Galway Podiatry Clinic about ‘Reversing Type 2 Diabetes’.

If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes 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 in your feet
  • Changes in the nails or skin on your foot – cracking, scaling, or peeling of skin on the heel or foot, or thickened toenails
  • Blisters on your feet
  • 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
    • 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
  • Athlete’s Foot