Having diabetes means you’re at much greater risk of developing foot problems.
This is because raised blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, can damage the sensation in your feet.
It can also affect your circulation, which can mean blood can’t flow around your body properly, especially to your feet. Without a good blood supply, you may have problems with cuts and sores healing. You may also get cramps and pain in your legs or feet. These are just some of the signs of a serious foot problem.
If you don’t get these problems treated, they could lead to foot ulcers, infections and, at worst, amputations. Most foot problems can be prevented with regular appointments with our podiatrists.
You also need to know how to look after your feet at home.
Here is some guidance on what signs to look out for when you check your feet.
Because of your diabetes, foot problems can get worse quickly, whether you’re about to put your socks on, or you’re taking them off before bed, have a good look. Any changes, and you should see a podiatrist straight away.
If you struggle to lift your feet up, then you might want to use a mirror to see the soles of your feet. If this is too hard, or if your eyesight is not as good as it was, try to get someone else to check your feet for you. And if you need help but live alone, it’s good to speak to our podiatrists about how to check your feet.
If you’ve lost any feeling in your feet, you need to be especially careful as you won’t know if you’ve hurt yourself. If you’re unsure if you’ve lost any feeling, call us today for an appointment as our specialist podiatrist can examine your feet and give you the best advice on what to do next.