Diabetes can be quite dangerous to your feet with even a small cut capable of causing serious consequences.

It is a common experience for those suffering with diabetes to experience a reduction in blood flow to the feet, which can prolong the recovery period for a foot injury whilst also reducing the foot’s resistance to infection. A loss of feeling in the feet can be the result of nerve damage that stems from diabetes.

With such problems, you may not notice even something as simple as a foreign object in your footwear. The irritation caused by this foreign object could develop a blister or sore which could lead onto an or a nonhealing wound that could put you at risk for an amputation.

To avoid serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot or leg, there are a number of simple steps that can be followed.

• Inspect your feet daily. Check your feet for any cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems. In particular, inspect the bottom of your feet, and contact your podiatrist if you notice anything.

• Bathe feet regularly. It is recommended that you keep your feet clean by washing them daily in lukewarm water. Always use a soft washcloth or sponge when washing your feet, and then dry by patting or blotting, paying particular attention to the area between the toes.

• Moisturize your feet but not between your toes. Using a moisturizer on a daily basis will help to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. Avoid moisturizing between the toes as this could encourage a fungal infection.

• Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily. Where possible choose socks that are made specifically for patients with diabetes, as they offer extra cushioning, they do not have elastic tops, they are higher than the ankle and the fibres used promote the drawing of moisture away from the skin.

• Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. It’s a good idea to always check the inside of your shoes before putting them on, just in case a small stone or foreign object has slipped inside. Remember that with a diabetic condition your foot may not feel this object.

• Never walk barefoot. It’s always best to wear shoes or slippers, even when you are at home. This will hopefully eliminate the possibility of you stepping on something that scratches or cuts your foot.

• Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels well managed, and remember smoking is a big no-no as it has a significant impact on the blood flow in and to your feet.

• Get periodic foot exams. Seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.

Here at Bentley Podiatry we are always available to discuss and assist with your foot health and foot care issues.

Contact Bentley Podiatry today for more information.