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Podiatrist says reason not able to walk on foot is uncontrolled diabetes. It has caused foot and lower leg to swell and bones are turning soft like putty. Want to know more info on this condition.

Thank you for contacting IPFH. We do not dispense medical advice or provide diagnoses on line. Your best source for more information on the condtion and how it is affecting you is your podiatrist and/or your primary care physician. You can also learn more about this topic at our page on diabetes and the feet. It sounds as though you are affected by what is known as "Charcot foot," a condition that causes weakening of the bones of the foot in people who have nerve damage (neuropathy).

The most important thing you can do is to work closely with your physician and podiatrist to do the things you need to do to manage your condition. First and foremost is controlling your blood sugar level. Specific types of footwear and foot care may be appropriate, and the best way to learn about these and any other treatments that might be effective is to work closely with your medical team. Once you have a treatment plan, it is important for you to follow it precisely and conscientiously. Again, the most important things are to get your blood sugar level under control and follow your medical team's recommendations. We hope you will do this, and that you will be successful in treating and managing your condition.

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