Diabetic footcare

Diabetic Footcare

Diabetes is a disease that develops from high blood glucose levels. It can cause damage to the nerve systems in your body by stopping important messages getting to and from your brain. The nerves most likely to be affected are the longest ones – those that reach all the way down to your legs and feet. This nerve damage is sometimes called neuropathy.

Regular foot care is important as this helps prevent the build-up of hard skin. It’s important to always wear the right shoes and socks and to make sure that both fit you properly.

Everyone who has diabetes should also have their feet checked regularly with a healthcare professional (podiatrist, nurse or doctor) and at the very least once a year. However, if you are at increased risk of complications, these inspections may be done more frequently.

If you experience any form of neuropathy or pain or discomfort, it is advisable to consult your diabetic clinic or see a podiatrist, since it is possible in many cases to alleviate these symptoms.

If you see any of the following in your feet, you should also seek medical attention or get in touch with us:

  • Walking becomes more difficult
  • Applying or wearing shoes becomes more difficult
  • Tingling sensation or pins and needles
  • Part or all of your foot becomes swollen
  • Breaks in the skin, opens sores/blisters or a discharge
  • Skin colour changes (redder, bluer, paler, blacker) over part or all of the foot
  • Swelling in your feet and/or an unusual odour
  • Part or all of your foot feels much hotter or colder than usual
  • Hard skin (callus)
  • Cramp in your calves
  • Shiny smooth skin and/or losing hair on your feet and legs