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Diabetes symptoms: feet problem?


I am just very worried about my brother-in-law – his feet are paining something terrible, he says.

He has been to a GP (this had been for about a month or so), they sent him for X-rays and said the results are no blood flow from the knees down to feet. He has an appointment with the specialist at the hospital on the 2nd September 2011.

He is a Type 2 diabetic (he is on tablet medication) – could this be diabetic related and what can be done?


– Delia Brookes


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  1. Hi Delia,
    It sounds like your brother-in-law is battling with poor blood circulation, which would lead to pain in the feet and lower legs, and also numbness in the feet.

    Poor blood circulation is most definitely related to diabetes – it’s great that he’s going to see a specialist so soon, just be sure he tells the specialist that he’s diabetic, how long he’s had diabetes and what medication he’s on.

    Let us know how it goes, please!

  2. cathy raats cathy raats

    Yes it might well be diabetes related and he is doing the right thing going to seek sprcialist advice. Best of luck

  3. From email:

    Hi, I am also seeing a Vascular Surgeon on the same day same problem. Let’s talk after the consultation.
    Willie Belelie

  4. From Facebook (Diabetic South Africans):

    Hi i am a type 1 diabetic and the problem i have with my legs are that they swell so bad that i can’t stand on my feet and i was told it is from the sugar. The best is he must go see the specialist he could lose his legs.
    – Elaine Boshoff

  5. From Facebook (Diabetic South Africans):

    Yes, sore feet are a major problem…I find that if I have cold-drinks like diet coke, my feet ache terribly the next morning. Also found taking magnesium tablets helps.
    – Christa Van Der Walt

  6. Thea van Aarle Thea van Aarle

    From email:

    Yes this is definitely related to the Type 2 Diabetes, but I can’t help you more than what you have already done by having gone to a GP, maybe a Nurse Educator might be better in fact.

  7. Lyn Starck Lyn Starck

    Hi Delia
    This is a Diabetes related problem and is very common
    He does need to see a neurologist,but can try some simple things
    Wrap the feet at night in glad wrap as this sometimes helps with the pain as it is always worse at night and very troublesome
    There are other simple things that can be tried,but please keep appointment with neurologist
    Hope this helps a little
    Lyn Starck

  8. Uron Mohan Uron Mohan

    Hi Delia,

    The trip to the neurologist/specialist is a must. I have the same condition and am also diabetic. It is a form of peripheral neuropathy or degenration of the nervous system in the feet/legs – put simply. Results due to high glucose levels over an extended period damaging nerve endings, veins etc.

    Control of blood sugar levels is critical and then I hear treatments are available to stop and assist in healing. Diet and exercise also play key roles. I am seeing specialist next week, hope it helps and good luck.

    Uron Mohan

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