Diabetic foot problems, such as ulcerations, infections, and gangrene, are the most common cause of hospitalization among diabetic patients. Routine ulcer care, treatment of infections, amputations, and hospitalizations cost billions of dollars every year and place a tremendous burden on the health care system.
The two main foot problems that occur in people with diabetes are:
However, symptoms might include:
If an infection develops, a person may also experience some of the following:
Any person with diabetes who experiences symptoms of an infection, especially on the feet, should seek emergency treatment.