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Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves and the blood supply and this puts the health of your feet at risk of complications. The nerve damage caused by diabetes is called Peripheral Neuropathy and poor circulation in your feet is called Peripheral Arterial Disease.
High blood glucose levels over time can cause nerve damage which makes it hard for people with diabetes to feel sensation in their feet. This lack of sensation can mean that you might not feel it if you have injured your feet.
Diabetes leads to changes in the blood vessels, including arteries. This reduces blood flow to the hands and feet. Without enough blood supply, you may have problems with wound healing, cramps and pain in your legs or feet. Severe infections may even lead to amputation.
If you have diabetes, it’s important you check your feet regularly and talk to your GP or healthcare professional about any changes and concerns you may observe