I am a diabetic patient presenting with clear fluid on the tip of big toes on both legs. What to do?

Q. I have clear fluid discharge from the tip of big toes on both legs. What can be done?

Answered by
Dr. Nagaraj
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 28, 2021 and last reviewed on: Jul 14, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a diabetic patient. I have a clear fluid on the tip of my big toes on both legs. I do not know what to do. I have controlled my sugar levels.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. It presents with a lot of inflammation and redness. Do not attempt to burst them at home. I do not know your diabetic history and the medications that are taken. It can occur due to walking on bare feet or ill-fitting or tight footwear or it can be a diabetic foot which is a complication of long-standing diabetes. Please mention whether you have pain or fever with any tingling sensation in the foot. Please mention the diabetic history and the medications taken for it. It needs a detailed examination to be done by the doctor to know the cause and to treat them. If you are not having pain, then it is not a good sign and I suggest you visit the doctor soon.

Thank you doctor,

I am having diabetes for many years and I am taking Insulin R to control the sugar level. I have nerve damage on my foot and so I do not feel the pain besides the pain due to neuropathy. I came to the emergency now.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, it is diabetic foot secondary to neuropathy that occurs due to long-standing uncontrolled sugars. Kindly seek urgent attention to manage it and also consult a qualified diabetologist who can help you to give proper medications and insulin to control sugars.

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