Diabetic Foot Care

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Diabetes

Diabetes is a common condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high and may lead to damage in the body.

There are two common types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 which usually starts in children or young adults.
  • Type 2 which is the most common and affects people over 40 years of age.

In poorly controlled diabetes over longer periods, diabetes may lead to nerve damage and poor circulation to the feet. We will help by detecting early changes before they become a problem. Your circulation will be examined by feeling your pulses, and your foot sensation will also be examined by checking your pressure sensitivity, vibration or reflexes and other tests as required.

An annual assessment is recommended and more regularly when directed by your podiatrist.

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Some Diabetic Guidelines

  • Maintain acceptable blood sugar levels
  • Don’t smoke
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid barefoot walking
  • Wear well-fitting shoes
  • Cut and file nails carefully
  • Have corns, calluses and other foot problems treated by a podiatrist
  • Protect your feet from injury
  • Inspect your feet every day
  • Have a regular foot assessment

Please contact us if you have the following:

  • Intermittent sharp calf pain
  • Coldness of the legs or feet
  • Tingling or pins and needles of the feet
  • Numbness of the feet
  • Burning pains in the legs and feet

Please contact us for assistance

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The information on this page is of a general nature only and should not replace the advice of a qualified health professional.