Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Updated: Dec. 29, 2010
Diabetic foot is an term that covers a variety of foot problems in patients with diabetes.
Patients with diabetes mellitus are at risk for diabetic foot.
Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the nerves, blood vessels, and organs. Diabetes can also decrease the body's ability to fight infection.
When diabetes is not well controlled, damage to the immune system is likely. Foot problems commonly develop in people with diabetes and can quickly become serious.
Diabetic foot issues may be characterized by:
If you are a diabetic patient who experiences loss of feeling in your feet, notices changes in your foot's shape, develops ulcers and sores on your feet (which may have difficulty healing) you may have diabetic foot.
A physical examination by your doctor can confirm that you have diabetic foot issues.
Patients with diabetic foot should:
Watch an educational video about treatments for diabetic foot.