Diabetes / Diabetes

Your feet have a blood supply, which helps keep them healthy and nerves, which allow you to feel things, however, having diabetes may lead to poor blood flow to your feet and loss/decreased feeling in your feet.

  • How diabetes can affect your feet

    If you have poor circulation, it means that any cuts, wounds or injuries may take longer to heal as blood helps aid in healing injured tissue. Nerve damage may mean that you are unable to feel if you get a cut or get splinter in your feet.

    If you have nerve damage or reduced circulation, it means that you need to take extra care of your feet. It’s important to check your feet daily, wear shoes to protect your feet and apply appropriate first aid when required to help prevent further complications. Lots of foot problems in people who have diabetes tend to occur when injuries/wounds go unnoticed, which can lead to ulcers or in severe cases, amputations.

  • How to prevent foot problems
    • Check your feet daily for any changes or problems eg cuts/scratches
    • Apply appropriate first aid if required
    • Wear appropriate footwear
    • Seek regular care by a podiatrist if you have any corns, callus or ingrown toenails
    • Get a yearly check up by your podiatrist who will check your blood flow and sensation.
  • How diabetes can affect your feet

    If you have poor circulation, it means that any cuts, wounds or injuries may take longer to heal as blood helps aid in healing injured tissue. Nerve damage may mean that you are unable to feel if you get a cut or get splinter in your feet.

    If you have nerve damage or reduced circulation, it means that you need to take extra care of your feet. It’s important to check your feet daily, wear shoes to protect your feet and apply appropriate first aid when required to help prevent further complications. Lots of foot problems in people who have diabetes tend to occur when injuries/wounds go unnoticed, which can lead to ulcers or in severe cases, amputations.

  • How to prevent foot problems
    • Check your feet daily for any changes or problems eg cuts/scratches
    • Apply appropriate first aid if required
    • Wear appropriate footwear
    • Seek regular care by a podiatrist if you have any corns, callus or ingrown toenails
    • Get a yearly check up by your podiatrist who will check your blood flow and sensation.

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