12 Signs That Diabetes Is Affecting Your Foot Health

Your feet will give you warning signs if they are being affected by diabetesIf you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, chances are you’ve heard that the illness can put your foot health in danger, due in large part to a decrease of sensation and blood flow to the area. But even with daily foot checks, how can you know if diabetes is starting to hurt your feet, creating a situation where you must immediately see your podiatrist?

Here are 12 warning signs to watch for. If you see or experience any of them, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist right away:

  1. Walking becomes more difficult
  2. Putting on or wearing your shoes becomes more difficult
  3. You develop a tingling sensation in your feet or feel like you’re on pins and needles
  4. Part or all of your foot becomes swollen
  5. You see breaks in the skin of your feet, opens sores and/or blisters and/or a discharge
  6. The color of your skin changes, becoming (more red, blue, pale, dark etc.) over part or all of your foot
  7. There is swelling in your feet
  8. Your feet give off a strange smell
  9. Part or all of your foot feels much hotter or colder than usual
  10. You develop a hardened area of skin (a callus)
  11. You experience cramps in your calves
  12. You notice shiny smooth skin and/or are losing hair on your feet and legs
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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