Diabetes can affect your feet.

Nerve damage

The nerves in your feet and legs may be damaged by diabetes. This damage is called neuropathy. People sometimes experience a change in sensation, numbness or tingling pains.

Poor circulation

Our bodies need a good blood supply to keep them healthy. Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your legs and feet, the risk is increased if you smoke. This is called ischaemia. Occasionally foot ulcers may develop if the blood supply to your feet is very poor. If foot ulcers fail to heal this can potentially lead to an amputation.

Prevention of foot problems

  • Keep yourself healthy.
  • Maintain control of your diabetes.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Attend an annual foot check appointment where your feet will be examined for signs of nerve or circulation damage.

Protect your feet

  • Check your feet daily for injury.
  • Don’t walk barefoot, as you can injure your feet.
  • Wear correct fitting footwear.
  • Be careful of direct heat eg. hot water bottles or hot bath – you may not feel the heat.
  • Use moisturiser daily on your feet but not between your toes as the moisture can cause athletes foot.

If you are concerned about your feet seek immediate advice from your GP or podiatrist.

Consult a podiatrist for advice

The podiatry administration office can be contacted on 01274 221165.

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