What Does Diabetes Have to Do With My Feet?

Unfortunately, even if your diabetes is under control, manifestations of the disease can show up in your feet. Diabetes can lead to poor blood flow in your feet, causing swelling, numbness, and sores. Diabetic related foot problems if left untreated can even lead to amputation. Below, you’ll find the main foot-related issues related to diabetes —

Nerve Damage (Diabetic Neuropathy)

Diabetes can damage the nerves in many parts of your body, including your legs and your feet. This means you will likely not feel cold, heat, or pain. This is problematic because if you don’t know that you have a sore or cut on your foot, you won’t be aware that your foot needs treatment. If left untreated, the sore or cut may become infected.


Approximately 10 percent of people with diabetes develop foot ulcers. Because the nerves in the foot are damaged, the foot muscles may not function properly. If the foot is misaligned, too much pressure may be placed on one area of the foot. This pressure combined with poor blood flow can cause ulcers to develop.

Blood Circulation Problems (Peripheral Arterial Disease)

Diabetes adversely affects blood flow. Without adequate blood flow, cuts, sores, and ulcers take longer to heal. The most severe development from a foot infection that will not heal is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood flow (gangrene).

How Should I Care for My Feet if I’m a Diabetic?

Most importantly, inspect your feet every day, and visit a podiatrist immediately if you get a foot injury. If you are unable to look at the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help. It’s essential that any injuries are caught and treated promptly. Seeing a podiatrist is vital to help prevent these problems and keep your feet in the best shape possible.

Are You Suffering From Diabetic Feet In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from diabetic feet you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.