Foot Care is very important when are diabetic
At its core, diabetes is a problem in which your body has a hard time regulating the levels of glucose in your bloodstream. This develops in one of two ways: You don’t produce enough (or any) insulin and/or you become insulin-resistant (insulin is the hormone responsible for regulating your blood sugar levels).
When you have diabetes, you need to take care of your feet every day. This is because diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, leading to poor blood circulation and increasing your risk of serious complications like foot ulcers. In fact, amputations are 15 times more common in people with diabetes.
This damage is more likely if:
- you’ve had diabetes for a long time
- your blood glucose levels have been high for a long time
- you smoke, which can cause reduced blood flow to your feet and wounds to heal slowly
- you’re not active.
You can check your feet every day at home.
Visit your podiatrist as soon as possible if you see any of the following:
- unusual swelling
- ingrown nail
- bruising or cuts.
Visit your podiatrist within 7 days if you see any of the following:
- broken skin between toes
- foot shape changes
- cracked skin
- nail colour changes.
For a thorough diabetic foot assessment, see your podiatrist once a year to help reduce your risk of lower limb complications.