Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes & Your Feet

Diabetes can affect the feet in a number of ways including:

  • Numbness, tingling, burning sensations and an irreversible loss of sensation in the feet


  • Reduced blood flow to the feet through gradual hardening of the arteries and formation of blockages.


  • Slower healing of any injuries and cuts


  • Increased risk of infections

Your Podiatrist will be able to:

  • Assess blood flow to the feet and detect any reduction


  • Test for any changes in the sensation to the feet. Often a loss in sensation can go unnoticed


  • Provide advice on appropriate foot care and footwear


  • Provide foot care (nail/skin management) where required

General Foot Care Advice For Diabetics
  • Inspect your feet every day, including the bottoms of your feet and between your toes. If you notice any cuts or blisters, apply antiseptic and keep the area covered and clean to prevent contamination.


  • Wash & thoroughly dry your feet daily. Foot inspections can be performed at the same time


  • Cut your nails straight across and try to avoid cutting down the sides to prevent ingrown toenails


  • Always wear footwear and avoid walking around without shoes to protect the feet.


  • Before putting on your shoes check there are no stones or other objects inside. This is a must if a loss in sensation has already been detected


  • Use moisturiser daily to help prevent callus and maintain good skin health. Healthy skin will be more resilient to cuts and abrasions

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