People who have diabetes are more at risk of developing foot problems. It is important to get your feet checked by a Podiatrist at least once a year to ensure you maintain good foot health.
There are two main causes of foot issues that need to be monitored with people with diabetes.
- Angiopathy- poor circulation
- This means there is reduced blood flow to your legs and feet due to a narrowing or hardening of the blood vessels.
- This can lead to slower healing rates and increased risk of infection.
- Neuropathy- loss of feeling
- This means numbness, burning, pins and needles or itching present in the feet.
- This can be quite serious due to injuries such as cuts, abrasion and burns can occur without the person being aware.
Things you can do to prevent problems with your feet:
- Check your feet daily for cuts and abrasions
- Don’t walk barefoot, especially outdoors
- Wear supportive shoes, not slips on shoes or thongs. Ensure shoes have some sort of fixation such as laces, buckles or Velcro.
- Quit smoking
- Apply an emollient to feet to stop the skin from drying out.
- Exercise to increase blood flow.
- Do not use corn pads and do not attempt to treat corns and calluses at home.