Footcare for Diabetics

Foot care is extremely important for people with diabetes because they are at a higher risk of developing foot problems, including infections, ulcers, and even amputations. High blood sugar levels can damage nerves and blood vessels in the feet, leading to reduced circulation, decreased sensitivity to pain and temperature, and slower healing of wounds. 

We hope this page brings you some informative advice, however please get in touch if you are concerned or need to book an appointment.

Diabetic footcare

Tips for taking care of your feet:

Daily Checks

Take a look at your feet every day so that you are able to easily spot any changes in colour, temperature, sensation, or appearance. Look for cuts, blisters, sores, or other injuries. If you have difficulty seeing or reaching your feet, use a mirror or ask someone to help you.

Clean & Dry

Be sure to keep your feet clean and dry. Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and mild soap, and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Avoid soaking your feet or using hot water, as this can dry out your skin and increase the risk of infections.

Moisturise Regularly

Apply a moisturising cream or lotion to your feet every day, but avoid putting it between your toes, as this can create a moist environment that can lead to fungal infections.

Correct Footwear

Wear comfortable shoes and socks. Choose shoes that fit well, are supportive, and have a wide and deep toe box. Avoid high heels, pointy toes, and tight-fitting shoes. Wear socks that are made of natural fibres, such as cotton or bamboo, and change them daily.

Check for Foreign Objects

Check your shoes for foreign objects: Before putting on your shoes, check them for any rocks, gravel, or other objects that could cause injuries or irritations to your feet.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Protect your feet from extreme temperatures: Wear shoes and socks when walking on hot or cold surfaces, and avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles on your feet.

Trim your Toenails

Trim your toenails carefully: Cut your toenails straight across, and file any sharp edges. If you have difficulty cutting your own toenails, or if you have thick or ingrown nails, see a podiatrist.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking can worsen circulation problems, making it more difficult for your body to heal wounds and fight infections.

Look after your Blood Sugars

Maintain good blood sugar control. Keeping your blood sugar levels within your target range can help prevent or delay foot problems and other diabetes complications.

Further Reading:

 There is a wealth of information online as you can imagine! For trusted guidance, Diabetes UK have a guide on looking after your feet HERE which goes into more detail than our guide above.

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