If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you are at a greater risk of developing serious foot problems.
Your feet are at risk because diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor blood flow to the extremities. If you experience any foot injury, your body’s ability to fight infection might be extremely low, that can lead to foot ulcers that are difficult to heal.
Therefore, you need to take extra special care of your feet to prevent any serious complications.
The damage is most likely to occur if:
- You’ve had diabetes for a long time
- Your blood glucose levels have been high
- You smoke
- You are inactive
Here are some easy tips to help you protect your feet*:
- Wash them in warm water every day (do not soak)
- Make sure you’re looking out for any cuts, blisters, redness or calluses
- If you have dry feet, use lotion after you wash and dry them
- Always wear shoes or slippers to prevent injury and make sure they fit perfectly
- Always wear socks or stockings to avoid any cuts or blisters
- Every day inspect your feet; look for any changes in colour swelling or discharge
- Seek assistance if there is a change in appearance
Diabetes Australia recommends that people with diabetes see podiatrists at least once every 12 months.
You’ll need a reliable diabetic assessment process that examines your circulation, foot posture and overall function, like the one we’ve been providing our clients for more than 25 years. We also provide suitable footwear advice, tailored for each client.
If you’re looking for someone who really understands how to treat feet, why not call the clinic on 02 9420 4673 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment today.
Remember – no one size fits all here!