Managing diabetes: Swelling

Updated On Jan 12, 2022
  • The lining of smaller vessels can be damaged if high glucose levels remain untreated 
  • The results of damaged blood vessels are poor blood circulation 
  • When the blood does not circulate properly, fluids accumulate in certain parts of the body, such as legs, ankles and feet 
  • Due to diabetes’ tendency to slow healing, swelling can also occur after a foot or ankle injury. High levels of blood sugar can damage the nerves in your lower extremities and elsewhere in the body over time. An injury caused by this can make it difficult to detect sprains, fractures, and cute
  • The swelling that is cause by sprains and fractures is unpredictable 
  • A cut that is not treated can also become infected and swell