Diabetes & Foot Health

Janine, our foot health practitioner always stresses how important it is for people with diabetes to check their feet on a regular basis so that any changes and or problems can be identified early and complications avoided. A regular diabetic foot health check-up is as important as an annual MOT on your car!

It is important to check the feet by looking at them - this is because feeling in the feet may be compromised or lost (neuropathy). Consequently, you may not be aware if there is a problem.

When checking your feet, you should examine the whole foot; the sole, including the heel, in between the toes and the nails. If flexibility is the issue, have someone else look for you – or use a mirror to assist in reaching those hard to see areas.

Often, she gets asked, “What should I be looking for?”

Check often and be particularly vigilant looking for:

👣 corns and calluses

👣 broken skin (ie) cuts, blisters, ulcers and fissures or cracks in the skin

👣 signs of infection such as inflammation (redness, swelling) surrounding a break in the skin

👣 foreign bodies

👣 changes in shape

👣 skin that looks discoloured

It is also helpful to check shoes and slippers for foreign bodies, rough stitching and split linings.

Book your foot health appointment today, either online, via the app or by calling our amazing admin angels on 01293 542245.

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