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CARING FOR YOUR FEET

 

Diabetes can increase the risk of developing problems with your feet. You can reduce this risk by having regular foot checks with a health professional and taking good care of your feet.

 

What does a foot check involve?

A foot check is done by a health professional; usually a doctor, podiatrist or Diabetes Educator. The health professional will examine your feet for any current problems and decide how likely you are to develop a foot problem in the future. To do this, they will:

  • look at the condition of your toe nails, the skin on your feet and the shape

  • feel the pulses in your feet to check the blood flow circulation

  • check the nerves in your feet, usually by touching the soles of your feet with a thread of nylon (monofilament), and

  • check your shoes to ensure they are the best fit for your feet.

 

What is your risk of developing a foot problem?

You have LOW risk feet if you:

  • have pulses in your feet

  • do not have any nerve damage

  • do not have any changes in the shape of your feet.

 

You have HIGH risk feet if you have any of the following:

  • no pulses in your feet

  • nerve damage

  • changes in the shape of your feet

  • a foot ulcer or amputation.

 

When do you need to seek help urgently.

See a health professional URGENTLY if there is:

  • any sign of infection

  • skin breakdown, such as an ulcer or a crack

  • new pain, swelling or redness (especially if you have nerve damage).

 

Read more about caring for your feet here.

 

 

The above information comes from the Diabetes Australia website. Diabetes Australia provides excellent information on Diabetes and how to manage it. Please check their website by clicking on the logo below for further information.