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Diabetes

Diabetes can affect your feet in many different ways. See us for your annual Diabetes assessment.

Your feet are supplied with blood to keep them healthy. They also have a multitude of nerves that act as an emergency warning system. For example, if you have a stone in your shoe, nerves will send a message to your brain to investigate. However if your diabetes is poorly controlled for a long period of time, this may lead to:

            -     Nerve damage or ‘peripheral neuropathy’, which impairs sensation to the feet and or

-           Reduced blood supply, also known as ‘poor circulation’

Nerve damage may mean that you no longer notice the stone in your shoe, due to loss of sensation to your feet. This could then lead to an injury you feet cannot feel and possibly infection. If you have poor circulation, any injuries or infections to your feet (i.e. cuts, burns, or scratches) will take longer to heal

A six to twelve monthly foot assessment by your Podiatrist will help to detect and changes early-before they become a problem

GENERAL GUIDE

            -Maintain acceptable blood sugar level control

            -Don’t smoke

            -Exercise regularly

            -Avoid barefoot walking

            -Keep your feet clean

            -Wear well-fitting shoes

            -Cut and file nails carefully

            -Have corns, calluses, and other foot problems treated by a Podiatrist

            -Seek your Podiatrist’s advice before using a commercial corn cure

- PROTECT your feet from injury.

-INSPECT your feet every day.

-Have a REGULAR foot assessment