The 14 signs of foot disease

You’re more at risk of developing problems in your feet when you have diabetes. This is because high blood sugars can damage your blood vessels, affecting how blood flows to your legs and feet.

If these problems don’t get treated in time, they can develop into serious complications very quickly – complications that could lead to amputation.

You can stop foot problems getting worse by knowing the signs to look out for. You’re looking for:

  • a tingling sensation or pins and needles (like numbness)
  • pain (burning)
  • a dull ache
  • shiny, smooth skin on your feet
  • hair loss on your legs and feet
  • loss of feeling in your feet or legs
  • swollen feet
  • your feet don’t sweat
  • wounds or sores that don’t heal
  • cramp in your calves when resting or walking
  • changes in the colour and shape of your feet
  • cold or hot feet
  • blisters and cuts that you can see but don’t feel
  • a foul smell coming from an open wound on your feet.

Discover Diabetes UK’s expert advice on how to check your feet for these signs and what to do if you notice any changes.