Can Diabetes Affect Your Feet

Can Diabetes Affect Your Feet

by Dr Amitabha Saha

Posted on 15th July, 2023 at 7:14:20 AM

Yes, it can. Unfortunately, diabetes can damage the nerve cells and the blood vessels in the feet. Once it does that, the condition is called diabetic neuropathy, which causes numbness, tingling, loss of feeling in your feet, and pain.

If you feel a loss of feeling in your feet, you may not fathom when you have been cut, bruised or have a blister or a cut. Moreover, such a wound may get infected and lead to complications. Furthermore, since there is poor blood flow because of damaged blood vessels, the wounds may not heal as quickly as you would like them to.

So, if you are suffering from this problem, get in touch with the best diabetes treatment in Kolkata from Dr. Amitabha Saha.

What Are the Common Problems That Diabetes Can Cause in Your Feet?

Here are some of the common problems that your feet can face, post diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a very serious condition. It leads to a loss of feeling in your foot, to the point where you cannot distinguish when you have been hurt or bruised. You could have a stone in your shoe and not feel it hurt. This can be quite a dangerous condition and you should be very careful with your feet.

Skin Changes on your feet

The skin of your feet may become dry and crack, and it may begin to peal. This is because the nerve damage in your feet nerves cannot control the oil and moisture in your feet. The solution to this is to use petroleum jelly, hand cream or other such products. Do not soak your feet as this can dry your feet. Moreover, do not apply oil or petroleum jelly in between your toes as that can cause infections. Consult with the best diabetes treatment in Kolkata.

Poor circulation

Since the blood vessels are damaged, there will be poor blood flow to your feet making it hard for wounds to heal. Diabetes causes blood vessels to lengthen and narrow. Also, you should give up smoking, as arteries can be damaged because of the same bad habit. If you feel cold, wear warm socks and try not to heat your heat by any other means. Moreover, you can exercise as this will help blood flow to the legs and feet.


Ulcers occur on the ball of your foot, and the bottom of your big toe. Show the ulcers to the doctors as these need to be checked to prevent any further damage. Doctors will take care to ensure that the bone of your feet is not damaged. This is one of the most dangerous conditions you can face with your feet. It can even lead to amputation.

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