Diabetes week 2020

Diabetes Foot Care

People with diabetes are more likely to develop foot issues, but with regular monitoring and proper foot care, most can be avoided. Diabetes can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) in your feet and there are both high and low-risk issues you need to be aware of. Knowing the risk can help you prevent more serious problems like ulcers or amputations.

General Foot Care Tips

  • – Check your feet daily to look for issues or problems.
  • – Visit a podiatrist at least annually or more frequently if you have issues that should be treated
  • – Having diabetes can increase your risk of foot ulcers and amputations so regular foot care is essential to good foot health

    What to look for:

    If you see any of the following issue, seek treatment immediately:

    • – Unusual swelling – Redness – Blisters – Ingrown nails
    • – Bruises or cuts – Foot ulcers If you see any of these issues seek treatment as soon as possible:
    • – Broken skin between toes
    • – Foot shape changes
    • – Corn – Callus
    • – Cracked skin
    • – Nail colour changes
      If you see any of these issues seek treatment as soon as possible:

      • – Broken skin between toes
      • – Foot shape changes
      • – Corn
      • – Callus
      • – Cracked skin
      • – Nail colour changes

        Signs of Nerve Damage

        • – Tingling, pins and needles sensations in the feet
        • – Coldness in the legs
        • – Burning pains in legs/feet (typically more noticeable at night)