There are many foot complications that occur as a result of diabetes. It is important to know all of the diabetic foot symptoms that you can, because the slightest cut can lead to a serious infection that could possibly lead to amputation. For this reason diabetics must check their feet on a daily basis for signs that a foot complication may be occurring.


Diabetic Foot Pain Symptoms


Diabetic foot pain can be caused by a number of conditions including neuropathy (nerve damage), circulation problems, muscle and joint problems, fungal infections, bacterial infections and foot injuries. Any time you have diabetic foot symptoms accompanied by pain you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If an infection manifests and spread into the bone you are at risk of losing your foot.


Diabetic Foot Problems Symptoms


Diabetic foot symptoms can lead to major problems. One of the most important issues to be aware of is changes in the skin. Many amputations begin a simple crack in the skin or a cut around the nail area where someone was careless in cutting their fingernails. That is why you doctor would probably rather you bother him with a minor cut before it begins to be a major problem.

Calluses and corns are also a sign that you are developing foot problems. It is recommended that you use a pumice stone to keep a callus under control, and never try to cut corns and calluses off by on your own; let your physician do that.

Another sign that a diabetic foot problem may be occurring is if the temperature of the skin of your foot is cooler than that of other parts of your body. This is a sign that your circulation is poor. Visit your doctor as soon as you discover this.


Diabetic Foot Ulcer Symptoms


If you have any of the of the following diabetic foot neuropathy symptoms, you are at a high risk of developing a diabetic ulcer. So, you should be careful to watch for the following diabetic foot symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Sharp pains


A lack of a healthy blood flow often leads to a diabetic ulcer. Diabetic patients may have narrowed arteries so a pulse may not be found in the feet. This isn’t always the case however. Normally, the affected area gets swollen and redness or brown discoloration forms around the affected area. Skin may become dry and excessively rough, and if it can be felt, many patients report burning or itchy sensations.