Diabetes can damage both the nerves and blood vessels in your feet. This can put you at a higher risk of foot complications including skin conditions, the development of foot ulcers and delayed wound healing. Diabetes can also negatively affect the joints of the foot and ankle, making them stiff and sore.
How can I improve my foot health?
Come see us every six to twelve months and follow these 7 steps!!
- Wash your feet daily ensuring that you dry thoroughly between your toes.
- Inspect your foot daily (check sores, cuts, bruises, changes to the toenails; use a mirror to look under the foot if you can not see it). If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please contact us or your local GP.
- Look after your health (maintain a healthy exercise regime, avoid excess alcohol, stop smoking and maintain healthy weight range)
- Cut toenails straight across and never cut into the corners.
- Do not try to remove corns and callus yourself – see a Podiatrist for this; we recommend you do not use corn removal pads or similar products available over the counter at pharmacies.
- Fitting of footwear is extremely important. See us for recommendations and to be fitted with appropriate footwear.
- Never wear tight socks or hosiery, this can cut off circulation to your feet!