How can we help you with DIABETES?
If you have diabetes you’re much more likely to develop problems with your feet. Diabetes can affect both the blood and nerve supply to the feet. If you take good care of your feet and check them regularly you can reduce your risk of developing foot problems.
What causes it?
- Type 1 diabetes occurs when your immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in your pancreas.
- Type 2 diabetes has several causes, genetics and lifestyle being the main ones.
- Keeping your blood sugar levels within target will help to prevent damage to your feet and can stop things getting worse.
What can help?
- Keep an eye on your feet, check them daily. If there are any changes seek the help of a medical professional.
- If you are unable to check your feet get someone else to check them for you.
- Visual checks are always better as diabetes can lead to numbness in both the feet and hands.
- If you can’t bend you can put a mirror on the floor to help see the soles of your feet.
- Cut your nails carefully and file the edges with an emery board, don’t cut down the sides.
- Make sure your footwear fits correctly, including your socks.
What are the treatment options?
As podiatrists we are trained in care of patients with diabetes and undertake a comprehensive diabetic foot health review every year, including a neurological screen and vascular assessment with Doppler. Click here for further information.