DIABETIC FOOT CARE
If you have diabetes, you are 15 times more likely to have a limb amputated due to gangrene.
Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as neuropathy. This can lead to poor healing of foot injuries, and you may not notice if your foot is sore or injured.
Therefore, it is imperative that you take care of your feet.
How To Care For Your Feet
- As a minimum, schedule a visit once a year with your podiatrist
- Keep your feet clean and free from infection
- Wear shoes that fit well and don’t squeeze or rub. Ill-fitting shoes can cause corns and callouses, ulcers and nail problems.
- Avoid walking barefoot, especially in the garden or on the beach on holidays, to reduce the risk of cuts or bites that may become infected
- Cut or file your toenails regularly
- Have corns or hard skin treated by a podiatrist
- Seek treatment from your podiatrist if foot blisters or injuries do not heal quickly
- Treat ulcers immediately, within 24 hours, especially if there is redness or swelling around the area, or in an area where you have previously been warned to seek immediate attention
The risk of foot complications can be greatly reduced by management of blood sugar levels. See your doctor if you feel that you need further assistance with blood sugar management.
How We Can Help You?
At The Foot Practice, we can:
- Test for signs of loss of feeling in your feet
- Test for sufficient supply of blood to your feet
- Assess the current condition of your feet and check for risks of infection
- Provide a treatment plan for identified risks
- Develop a tailored prevention plan to reduce the risk of complications, based on your life and lifestyle