Persons with diabetes often have circulation disorders (peripheral vascular disease) that can cause cramping in the calf or buttocks when walking.
The symptoms can progress to severe cramping or pain at rest, with associated color and temperature changes (the feet may turn bright red when hanging down and constantly feel cold).
Also, the skin may become shiny, thinned and easily damaged. A reduction in hair growth and a thickening of the toenails might also be present.
Poor circulation, resulting in reduced blood flow to the feet, restricts delivery of oxygen and nutrients that are required for normal maintenance and repair.
Healing of foot injuries, infection or ulceration is affected. The smallest of injuries can result in amputation of toes, part of the foot or then a Leg amputation.
Extreme Care is needed to prevent injury to such feet.
GANGRENE OF THE TOE IN A DIABETIC