Upon observing these signs and symptoms, you must seek immediate medical assistance. The attending doctor would initially perform examinations on your foot and do some background checking prior to the occurrence of the symptoms. A test for diabetes will also be conducted to rule out any possible effects brought by the illness. For patients diagnosed with diabetes, foot restraints may be applied within a minimum of eight weeks so that further damage can be prevented. Casts or crutches would be needed to help the patient walk without having to move the affected foot. This may also apply for other patients without diabetes to expedite the healing process. Follow in the footsteps of participants in a study at the University of Alabama who found relief from diabetic foot pain from taking high doses of Inositol, one of the B vitamins. The study, along with reports from Robert Atkins, MD, in a 1996 issue of "AIDS Treatment News" confirm that inositol added to the diet helps reduce the frequency and pain of peripheral neuropathies. Step 7 Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of Americans, and unfortunately, up to one-third of the population is completely unaware they are affected. Often a diabetic complication, such as a diabetes foot problem, can become one of the first indicators of the illness. Avoid walking around barefoot, in sandals, or any other open shoes. This leaves your feet vulnerable to getting cuts, bruises, bumps, and infections. Diabetes is a multisystem disease that can cause many complications. Foot ulcers are highly prevalent, but also highly preventable. It is important to consult your physician to help you control your blood sugar levels. Podiatric Physicians are foot specialist that have extensive training in diabetic feet and wound care. They will provide you with the best care to prevent foot ulcers and amputations , the leading cause of diabetic hospitalizations. Surgery When hardening of the leg arteries is severe and does not improve with exercise and medication, surgical measures, including angioplasty and bypass grafting may be considered (noted before). To lower your risk for lower limb complications, including amputation, keep your blood sugar as much within the normal range as safely possible. Any foot injury or wound should be immediately treated. Strong evidences confirm that many lower limb amputations can be prevented by following simple foot care such as outlined in this post. Risks of foot surgery include nerve injury and infection. As you still have diabetes, problems can recur in the future. How do I prepare for surgery? Swelling in the foot can be a sign of infection or fractures. Fractures in a diabetic foot can lead to a serious condition known as Charcot deformity. Swelling should be addressed immediately. To prevent problems, diabetics should be proactive and inspect their feet daily for blisters, bleeding, swelling, drainage or open sores. They should also thoroughly wash and dry their feet each day before applying moisturizing lotion. Diabetics should avoid exposing their feet to temperature extremes. Foot soaking should be done in lukewarm water. Acid or chemical corn removers should not be used.