Diabetes is a disease that develops from high blood glucose levels which can cause damage to the nerve systems in your body by stopping important messages getting to and from your brain.  The nerves most likely to be affected are the longest ones – those that reach all the way down to your legs and feet.  This nerve damage is sometimes called neuropathy.

High blood glucose levels can also damage your blood vessels and thereby circulation to your feet and legs, due to less blood getting to your skin, muscles and tissues.

If you experience any foot care issues which do not resolve themselves naturally or through routine foot care within three weeks, it is recommended to seek the help of a healthcare professional such as your podiatrist.

If you experience any form of neuropathy or pain or discomfort, it is advisable to consult your Diabetic Clinic or Podiatrist, since it is possible in many cases to alleviate these symptoms.

If you see any of the following in your feet, you should also seek medical attention or consult your Podiatrist:

  • Walking becomes more difficult

  • Applying or wearing shoes becomes more difficult

  • Tingling sensation or pins and needles

  • Part or all of your foot becomes swollen

  • Breaks in the skin, opens sores/blisters or a discharge

  • Skin colour changes (redder, bluer, paler, blacker) over part or all of the foot

  • Swelling in your feet and/or an unusual odour

  • Part or all of your foot feels much hotter or colder than usual

  • Hard skin (callus)

  • Cramp in your calves

  • Shiny smooth skin and/or losing hair on your feet and legs  
     

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