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Foot problems such as excess callus, dry skin, foot and toe deformities, gait changes as well as foot and nail fungus are among the most common consequential complications in diabetes.

However, many diabetics do not even know that they need to do something for the health of their feet. This is shown by the results of the GEHWOL Diabetes Report 2018. 38 percent of patients do not even know that they have to pay special attention to their feet. Foot care is especially important for diabetics. Diabetes often impairs nerve function in the feet (neuropathy). Skin circulation may also be impaired. Reduced circulation and decreasing sweat secretion due to the neuropathy means that the skin easily dries out and cracks over time. If the feet are also under pressure, callus is formed. Bacteria and fungi reproduce in the cracked skin, making it itchy and red. In the worst case, this can lead to an infection. For this reason, it's important for diabetics to consistently keep an eye on their feet and take good care of them. They should use a product that matches their skin type.

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GEHWOL Diabetes Report 2020

The report compiles information about foot care and foot health of diabetics in Germany every two years. It surveys about 150 doctors who treat more than 3,000 diabetics altogether.

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GEHWOL Diabetes Guidebook

The guidebook provides information about the risks of diabetic foot, how it develops, what cosmetic problems are associated with it and how symptoms such as dry skin and callus can be avoided.