A loss of sensation in the feet – due to high blood sugars – could disguise an open sore that may be oozing a foul-smelling discharge. This is when using your nose and sight might uncover untreated diabetes. The next time you take a good look at your feet and toes, notice if the skin is “shiny” or “smooth”, advised the charity Diabetes UK. It’s also telling if there is no hair on the big toe, or the feet, if there was hair there previously.
Do the feet look swollen? Are there any open wounds you can see but can’t feel? Is there any sensation in your foot at all?
Tingling, burning, or a dull ache can all be signs of high blood sugars.
Even if the feet have changed colour, are bizarrely cold or hot, or don’t sweat, it’s time to book an appointment with your GP.
Serious foot problems can (and do) lead to amputations if left unattended to.
A blood test arranged by your doctor can determine if you have diabetes or not.
A diagnosis is crucial so that a diabetes support team can help you if you have the condition.
Without monitoring your health, and taking the necessary steps to get blood sugar levels under control, serious complications can occur.
“In the worst cases, diabetes can kill you,” warned Diabetes UK. “Each week diabetes causes thousands of complications like stroke, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and heart failure.”