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Diabetic Foot

A diabetic foot is a foot exhibits any pathology that results directly from diabetes mellitus or any long-term (or “chronic”) complication of diabetes mellitus (DM)

Risk indicators for the development of Diabetes Mellitus are:

  • Overweight (applies to type II);
    • During pregnancy
    • Hereditary


Foot symptoms of diabetes vary from person to person and may depend on the specific issues a person is experiencing at the time.

Symptoms may include:

  • Dry feet
    • Numbness or tingling sensation
    • Slowed nail growth
    • Cold feet
    • Wounds with or without drainage
    • Dark blue or black discolorations of one or more toes
    • Blisters or other wounds without pain that are difficult to heal
    • Loss of hair on feet and legs
    • Thickened yellowish toenails, often with fungal infection
    • Skin discoloration and temperature changes

To ensure that any foot problems do not develop into complications, it is very important to examine the feet / have them inspected regularly in accordance with the Diabetic Foot Guidelines.


Receiving regular examinations on the feet:  by a Provoet medical pedicurist are key to preventing infections, monitoring certain nail abnormalities, removal of calluses and can ensure that many issues are prevented.