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Symptoms and Signs of Diabetic Foot Problems, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Doctor's Notes on Diabetic Foot Problems, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Diabetic foot care is a condition that helps control and/or prevent the problems encountered with their feet. Common signs and symptoms in diabetics that suggest they need foot care include persistent pain, redness, swelling, limping and warmth of the feet. More serious signs and symptoms include numbness so injuries to the feet are not detected, skin breaks or wounds that don't heal, fevers, pus drainage, and/or red streaks moving up the leg from the foot.

The cause or need for foot care in diabetics is due to poorly fitting footwear, nerve damage from the disease, poor circulation due to diabetes, trauma (often undetected because of prior nerve damage), infections (bacterial and fungal) and smoking (decreases circulation) can contribute to cause a need for good diabetic foot care to treat or prevent signs and symptoms.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/21/2019


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