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Hot Spots, Foot Ulcers, and Diabetes

Calluses are the skin’s way of protecting itself when the bottom of the foot is subject to continued force or friction. As a callus thickens, it presses up into the foot and can become painful, resulting in hot spots. If your feet are numb from neuropathy caused by diabetes, you may be unaware of this progression. As the healthy skin dies, it may progress from a hot spot to an ulcer, which may also go undetected. If ignored, these ulcers can cause an infection and spread to other parts of the body. As the skin dies, ulcers can eventually turn into gangrene. Properly caring for your feet is the number one way to prevent foot ulcers and their dire progression. Check each day for cracks, sores, or hot spots. If you are unable to do so, have a healthcare worker or family member help. Wear shoes that fit correctly and have ample cushioning for the feet. Wear socks and avoid going barefoot. Most importantly, schedule regular appointments with a chiropodist who can monitor your foot health. 

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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