The majority of people with diabetes will at some point present some form of skin problem to their doctor. There are a wide variety of possible dermatological diagnoses. Careful inspection and examination is necessary in order to establish the most appropriate treatment. A skin disorder could be a specific diabetes-related condition or it could represent a common skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis that is also frequently seen in the general population.

Examining and protecting feet is an important aspect of diabetes management. Skin care is paramount with the use of regular moisturizing agents. Diabetes, in addition, may be associated with changes in foot shape best assessed by a specialist podiatrist, changes in sensation requiring assessment of neurology and changes in arterial supply needing a more detailed vascular assessment.