Diabetes and Your Feet

Written by Debby Mar 10 2014


Diabetes and how it can affect your feet

Diabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels in the body are higher than normal. This is usually because the body cannot make enough insulin or it can’t use the insulin that it does make. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas which helps our bodies to use the sugar and distribute it to the cells of our bodies. If this function is impaired there can be health complications one of which can be a loss of sensation in the feet. This is known as peripheral neuropathy and occurs because Diabetes affects the nerves in the feet. There can also be a reduced blood flow to the feet which can affect the ability to heal and fight infection. Consequently it is very important to look after your feet if you have been diagnosed with Diabetes.

Some top tips:-

  1. Check your feet every day. Look for colour changes or damaged skin.
  2. Always wear shoes so that your feet are protected.
  3. Don’t sit with your feet close a fire or a hot water bottle if you have some reduced sensation.
  4. If you have corns or hard skin visit a podiatrist to have them treated professionally.
  5. Have your feet checked at least once a year by a podiatrist

The podiatrist is in a position to give you appropriate advice and treatment and to assess the risk of any complications developing. The Luxton Clinic offer podiatry in Chinnor, call 01844 352200 to book your appointment

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