Foot Problems When You Have Diabetes

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Foot Problems:

Foot problems can happen to anyone.  However, if you have diabetes something that seems like a common foot problem can have the potential of serious issues, even amputation. Let’s take a look at some of the foot problems that we typically think are not serious, but when you have diabetes they can cause serious problems.


When you wear shoes that do not fit properly, blisters can happen.  The important fact when treating blisters is to not pop the blister.  Because keeping the blisters covered by your skin protects them from infection.  The best way to treat a blister is to clean the area, apply antibacterial cream and apply a soft bandage. This problem is of particular concern when you have diabetes.


If your big toe turns toward in toward your second toe, a bunion forms.  And that area can become callused.  Sometimes it may stick out and become hard. Try using felt or foam padding to help keep the bunion from irritation. Please make sure to care for bunions properly because if not, surgery may be required.


A hammertoe is a toe that is bent because of a weakened muscle. The tendons may become shorter from weakened muscles.  The result will be toes that curl under the feet.  Hammertoes can be very painful so they make walking difficult. Surgery is possible to straighten the toe, if necessary.

Calluses and Corns

A callus is a build-up of hard skin, usually on the underside of the foot while a corn is hard skin on a bone on your toe of between your toes.  Again, it is important to care these issues and do not cut the callus or corn to remove them.  If severe, please see a doctor.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is another foot problem and can cause an infection due to the itching and cracking on the feet. There are over-the-counter treatments, but you may want to ask your doctor for a medication recommendation.

Fungal infection of nails

A fungal infection of the toenails may cause the nails to become thick, brittle and crumble.  An injury to the nail can also cause a fungal infection.  It is recommended that fungal infections in toenails be treated by applying medication directly to the nail or by oral medications.  Please note, that fungal infections are difficult to treat so make sure to see your doctor as soon as you see the first signs of a fungal infection. This foot problem when you have diabetes is particularly worrying due to reduced circulation.

Other Foot Problems

The below foot concerns require your attention and care as well.

  • Dry Skin/ Foot Ulcers.  Skin that is too dry can crack and germs can then enter the open area. Dry skin can be helped by using soaps that are moisturizing and lotions. Foot ulcers are also a crack in the skin but a deeper break creating a sore.  It is important to treat ulcers as soon as possible.  Your doctor can advise you on the best way to care for the ulcer.
  • Ingrown toenails.  Shoes are generally the culprit of ingrown toenails.  But cutting too closely to the cuticle and constant pressure on your toes from activities:  running, walking and more.  One thing I can recommend is a pedicure.  This is a way to have your toenails cared for in a proper way.  Remember though, if you do not care for ingrown toenails, you may acquire an infection which could lead to surgery and the possible removal of your toenail.

Foot problems when you have diabetes can be cared for and possibly prevented.  During you care process it is also important to get plenty of sleep.  It can be difficult to sleep if you have foot concerns because the bed covers press down on your sore feet.  The Foot Sleep Guard can help you get a wonderful night’s sleep by keeping the covers off of your feet. 

The Foot Sleep Guard’s next post will be about preventing some of the above foot problems.  We look forward to seeing you.

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