Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition whereby production of the hormone insulin is defective, leading to too much glucose circulating around your body in your blood stream. One of the effects of this condition is that it reduces circulation and sensitivity in your feet, and can lead to delayed healing.

You may not feel extreme temperatures, pain or touch. As a result, foot problems may occur without you even realising. People with diabetes need to take special care of their feet. A minimum of an annual check up with a podiatrist is recommended, even if you do not have problems with your feet, as this is an effective way of monitoring any changes, and providing appropriate treatment if necessary. We are able to provide a copy of your assessment and/or treatment to your G.P. and/or specialist diabetes Consultant.

Warning signs- As a diabetic, it is important that you monitor your feet daily for signs of anything unusual; you need to check for cuts or minor abrasions, as reduced sensitivity means you may not always naturally feel them. If there are any signs of redness in the foot or leg, or if any part feels warmer than usual, this may indicate inflammation or even infection, and you should contact your G.P. It may be appropriate to ask somebody to assist you with your daily foot checks.