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IF YOU SEE THIS ON YOUR FOOT, YOU’RE SUFFERING FROM DIABETES

People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. Over time, high levels of blood glucose can damage your nerves and blood vessels, but managing your blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar, can also help keep your feet healthy.

According to Medical News Today, here are warning signs on the legs that indicate the blood sugar is too high.

1 Shooting pain

Sometimes you may experience sudden, sharp pains that feel like an electrical current. Other times, you may feel cramping, like when you’re grasping something like a piece of silverware. You also may sometimes unintentionally drop items you’re holding as a result of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

2 Foot ulcers

A foot ulcer is a break in the skin or a deep sore. They can become infected. Foot ulcers can happen from minor scrapes, cuts that heal slowly, or from the rubbing of shoes that do not fit well. It’s important to treat them as soon as you notice them. Ask your doctor for advice on how to best care for your ulcer. Up to 10% of people with diabetes will get foot ulcers.

3 Charcot’s foot

Although rare, nerve damage from diabetes can lead to changes in the shape of your feet, such as Charcot’s foot. Charcot’s foot may start with redness, warmth, and swelling.

4 Cold feet

Diabetes can cause not only feet that are cold to the touch, but also feet that feel cold due to nerve damage. Other symptoms may include numbness or tingling in the feet.

When to see a doctor

Call your doctor if you have redness, swelling, pain that doesn’t go away, numbness, or tingling in any part of your foot that doesn’t go away for days. Note: don’t treat these symptoms at home without talking to your doctor first.

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