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On the Right Foot: Navigating Your Foot Care with Diabetes

Diabetes can have a significant impact on the feet in several ways. High blood sugar levels over an extended period can cause nerve damage, also known as diabetic neuropathy. This nerve damage can affect the feet, making them less sensitive to heat, cold, and pain. As a result, individuals with diabetes may be less likely to notice injuries or infections on their feet, leading to the potential for more severe problems.



Diabetes can also cause reduced blood flow to the feet and legs, known as peripheral arterial disease. This condition can lead to poor wound healing and increase the risk of infection. Foot ulcers, which are open sores on the foot, are a common complication of diabetes that can occur due to neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, or a combination of both.


In severe cases, uncontrolled diabetes can cause Charcot arthropathy, which is a condition that affects the bones and joints in the feet. This condition can cause significant deformities and even lead to the need for amputation.


Therefore, individuals with diabetes should take extra care of their feet by regularly checking them for any injuries, keeping them clean and dry, wearing appropriate footwear, and seeking medical attention promptly if they notice any issues.


Diabetic foot checks are important for individuals with diabetes because they are at a higher risk of developing foot complications. Nerve damage and reduced blood circulation can lead to foot ulcers and infections that can potentially result in amputations if left untreated.


Regular foot checks by a podiatrist can detect early signs of foot problems such as calluses, blisters, and sores, and can prevent these issues from progressing to more serious complications. Additionally, foot checks can help identify foot deformities and other foot-related problems that may require specialised care.


In summary, diabetic foot checks are important for early detection and prevention of foot complications in individuals with diabetes, which can ultimately lead to better foot health and quality of life.


LR Podiatry Team x


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