If you suffer from diabetes, your blood glucose levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your nerves or blood vessels, especially in your feet. This means that for diabetic patients, looking after feet is particularly important. Yet it’s often one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management.
Nerve damage from diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You may not feel a cut, a blister or a sore. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers and infections. Serious cases may even lead to amputation. Damage to the blood vessels can also mean that your feet do not get enough blood and oxygen. It is harder for your foot to heal, if you do get a sore or infection.
Zia Medical Center’s Diabetic Foot Clinic provides multidisciplinary foot care for patients with diabetic foot problems. We offer blood testing, assessment & specialist treatments by a multidisciplinary team of Internal medicine specialists and Podiatrist. There is also input by our orthopedic consultants.
If you suffer from Diabetes, book an appointment with our Diabetic Foot Clinic today.
You should see seem medical attention urgently if:
- you notice breaks in the skin of your foot, or discharge seeping from the wound
- the skin over part or all of the foot changes color and becomes more red, blue, pale or dark
- you notice extra swelling in your feet where there was a blister or injury
- there is redness or swelling around an ulcer or in an area where you’ve previously been warned to seek immediate attention
In addition to seeking medical help from our specialists, there are also some things you can do to ensure healthy feet:
- Check your feet every day for redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems
- Gently wash your feet every day to keep the skin soft and smooth
- If you can see, reach, and feel your feet, trim your toenails regularly. If you cannot, ask a foot doctor (podiatrist) to trim them for you.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times to protect your feet from hot and cold
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet
- Wear shoes that fit well and don’t squeeze or rub. Ill-fitting shoes can cause corns and calluses, ulcers and nail problems.
- Never buy shoes that need “breaking in.” They should be immediately comfortable. Request shoes with deep toe boxes and shoes made of leather or other flexible upper material.
- Never walk barefoot, especially in the garden or on the beach on holidays to avoid cuts and try to avoid sitting with your legs crossed so you don’t constrict your blood circulation.
- Always get corns or hard skin treated by a podiatrist
- Call your doctor immediately if you experience any injury to your foot. Even a minor injury is an emergency for a patient with diabetes.
- Do not smoke. Smoking decreases the blood supply to your feet.