How does Diabetes affect your feet?

How does Diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetes is a complex group of conditions that results in the body’s Blood glucose levels being too high. The most common forms of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Having diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, often because of two complications of the disease: nerve damage (Peripheral neuropathy) and poor circulation (vascular insufficiency).

  • PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY: Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of nerve(s) apart from the brain and spinal cord. Patients with peripheral neuropathy may have tingling, numbness, unusual sensations, weakness or burning pain in the feet and complete loss of feeling.
  • POOR CIRCULATION: Poor circulation of the legs and feet can lead to serious complications including open wounds that do not heal properly and cramping in the calves.
  • CHARCOT FOOT: Charcot’s foot is a condition causing weakening of the bones in the foot that can occur in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy). As the disorder progresses, the joints collapse and the foot takes on an abnormal shape, such as a rocker-bottom appearance.

For those with diabetes, small foot problems can turn into serious complications. It is recommended that people with diabetes see our Podiatrist’s regularly to prevent ulceration, foot complications and infection.

What can Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatry do for me?

People with diabetes should have their feet examined often. Here at Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatry during these appointments, we can inspect your feet for circulation issues, early signs of nerve damage and other foot problems that may cause infections. Information provided from examinations done during these visits will allow your Podiatrist to provide personalised care to maintain good foot health.

A small tip from us at Foot + Nail Solution is to KEEP AN EYE for cuts, cracks, blisters and other signs of the beginning of a wound. So, if you do experience a sore on your foot book an appointment immediately with our expert team and we will offer you a suitable care plan.

Fiona Here at Foot + Nail Solutions holds a graduate certificate in diabetes education and management.