Diabetes and your feet.
How can I prevent diabetic damage to my feet?
Controlling blood glucose levels and exercise regularly is the best way to help slow the disease progressing.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
1. Causes damage to the nerves resulting in numbness and loss of feeling in your feet.
2. Causes arterial disease which blocks blood getting to your feet.
Signs of foot problems?
2. Pins and needles sensations.
3. Burning sensations.
4. Slow nail growth.
5. Cramping in the legs and feet.
6. Foot ulcers.
7. Tinea pedis and fungal infections of the toenails.
8. Very sensitive feet.
What happens at a diabetic Foot assessment?
Check protective sensations.
Checking arterial flow using doppler and taking the blood pressure of your big toe.
Checking the skin and nails for problems. Including signs of pressure such as corns, callous and foot ulcers.
The good news is diabetic foot complications can be prevented. The key is controlling blood glucose levels by making changes to your diet, exercising more and taking medications including hypoglycaemic medications and insulin.
Seeing your G.P. for advice is the best place to start in the management of diabetes.
Podiatrist play a role in the prevention of foot complications by checking feet regularly and giving advice about protecting your feet from harm.