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
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.