Download Kayla’s advice as an information sheet
People with diabetes can develop various problems with their feet, these include:
- Loss of sensation in the feet – this can lead to injuries going unnoticed, or burning feet.
- Poor circulation to the feet – this may lead to cold feet, dry skin or injuries taking longer to heal.
- Increased risk of infection – delayed healing, ulcers and in extreme cases amputations.
To help avoid complications it is important that people with diabetes follow a regular foot care routine:
- Wash feet daily and dry thoroughly, especially between toes.
- Carefully inspect your feet daily, check for any discolouration, inflammation or anything that doesn’t look or feel right.
- Check inside your shoes before you put them on for things that may have fallen in or areas like seams that may rub on your feet.
- Moisturize your feet daily to help prevent dryness with something like Sorbolene or Cetaphil (if this doesn’t help ask your podiatrist or pharmacist for advice), but not between the toes.
- Never go without shoes, especially outdoors– shoes help protect your feet. Have shoes properly fitted and if in doubt ask your Podiatrist.
- Do not expose your feet to extreme heat or cold. Do not just heat your feet, heat your whole body.
- Never cut down the sides of your toenails, file the edges round if you need to and see your Podiatrist if you have problems.
- Treat foot injuries promptly and see your Podiatrist or Doctor as soon as possible if something is not healing. Have corns, calluses and other foot problems treated by a Podiatrist.
- Maintain good blood sugar level control.