People diagnosed with diabetes often suffer from diabetic related foot problems.
In most cases, lack of sensation, weak circulation and foot injuries are the main
culprit. Fortunately, most of these problems can be prevented
with proper foot care and proper shoe selection.
All individuals diagnosed with diabetes should have their feet checked by a chiropodist or podiatrist on a regular basis to avoid serious complications. Assessment should include a vascular and neurological exam. In addition, your skin integrity
should also be assessed, especially between your toes and under metatarsal heads. The presence
of heavy callus and warmth may indicate potential breakdown areas. Bony deformities (bunions, hammertoes, etc.), joint mobility, and problems with gait and balance should be immediately addressed through the use of custom orthotics, braces or
custom made shoes.
Potentially serous complications of diabetes include ulcers and infections. Deep ulcers on the first metatarsal head are common since it’s a high pressure point area.
Diabetic Related Foot Problems
Prevent diabetic foot problems
Preventative foot care and yearly assessment by a chiropodist/podiatrist
is key to decreasing the
likelihood of potential foot complications.
• Wear recommended footwear
• Check your feet daily (your foot specialist can show you how)
• Have nails, corns, calluses and other foot problems treated by a chiropodist/podiatrist
• Don’t go barefoot, even indoors
• Don’t soak your feet or put hot water bottles on your feet
• Don’t have pedicures at nail salons to avoid the risk of cuts and possible infection