Diabetic Shin Spots – What You Need To Know

This self photo of diabetic shin spots is used with permission of the photo’s author, Raphael Lopez, Wikimedia Commons. While you should always check with your physician for any changes in your body, diabetic shin spots are not considered a serious problem.

Diabetic shin spots (also known as diabetic dermopathy) are common, especially with poorly controlled blood sugar levels.

Here’s some good news!  Diabetic shin spots are not a serious problem, unlike so many other complications arising from diabetes.

Diabetic Shin Spots- Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetic dermopathy, also known as shin spots or pigmented pretibial patches, is a skin condition usually found on the lower legs of people with diabetes. It is thought to result from changes in the small blood vessels that supply the skin and from minor leakage of blood products from these vessels into the skin.

Diabetic dermopathy is the most common skin finding in people with diabetes. Up to 50% of diabetics may have shin spots, and it seems to be even more common in people with long-standing or poorly controlled diabetes.

Diabetic dermopathy appears as pink to red or tan to dark brown patches, and it is most frequently found on the lower legs. The patches are slightly scaly and are usually round or oval. Long-standing patches may become faintly indented (atrophic).

Locations of diabetic dermopathy:

  • Shins (the pretibial area)
  • Thighs
  • Sides of feet
  • Forearms

Diabetic dermopathy does not typically itch, burn, or sting. More about diabetic shin spots from the original article here


Self Treatment For Diabetic Shin Spots

Always check with your doctor if your diabetic shin spots change, or if you start to feel pain or discomfort.  The most important elements of self treatment is to keep your shins moisturized, and avoiding bumping or injury to your shins.  Diabetic shin spots are not a serious condition.

As always — your best self-treatment is to keep your blood sugar in good balance through diet, nutrition, and by following your doctors suggestions as closely as possible.