Over 4 million people in the UK have a diagnosis of diabetes.
Having diabetes means that you are at much greater risk of developing foot problems.
This is because raised blood glucose levels can cause damage to the nerves in your feet which may lead to a partial or total loss of sensation in the feet. It can also cause damage to your circulation resulting in less blood supply to your feet. Both complications are risk factors for developing cuts and sores that are difficult to heal. Without early detection and treatment these sores may deteriorate into ulcers and serious infections that can ultimately lead to amputation.
The good news is that most diabetic foot problems can be prevented with an annual foot assessment to monitor your foot health, make you aware of any risk factors and deal with any complications. Regular foot care and patient education helps to empower you and prevent complications. Specialist podiatrists at Elite Feet have undergone extensive postgraduate training to help you manage your foot health with diabetes.
What can you do to keep your feet protected?
- Attend an annual diabetic foot check.
- Check your feet daily for any signs of damage.
- Report any problems (such as a cut or blister) straight away to your GP or Diabetes Nurse.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Keep active.
- Wear well fitted shoes and slippers.