How is my foot affected through having Diabetes?
- Diabetes damages the nerves to reduce sensation. This is called peripheral neuropathy.
- Diabetes also affect the circulation. Poor circulation can affect the ability of the body to heal when damage occurs.
- Diabetes can also affect the joints, making them stiff or sore.
- Those with diabetes are more prone to infection – the body’s processes that normally fight infection respond slower and often have trouble getting to infections due to the poor circulation.
How can I improve my foot health?
- See a podiatrist at least annually and begin these 8 steps!
- Wash your feet daily and dry very carefully, especially between the toes.
- Inspect your foot daily (check sores, cuts, bruises, changes to the toenails; use a mirror to look under the foot if you can not see it).
- Look after your health (loose weight; stop smoking; exercise; reduce your alcohol consumption).
- Cut toenails straight across and never cut into the corners.
- Do not try to remove corns and callus yourself – see a Podiatrist for this; NEVER use commercial corn cures.
- Avoid going barefoot, even in your own home (this lessens the chance of some accidental damage).
- Fitting of footwear is very important. Poorly fitted shoes are a common cause of problems in the foot of those with diabetes.
- Never wear tight socks or hosiery. This can cut off circulation to your feet!