DIABETES & YOUR FEET
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease in which the body does not produce enough or utilise the hormone insulin that is used to convert glucose (sugar) in to energy. Without insulin, the glucose remains in the blood stream and overtime can lead to serious, even life threatening conditions.
What are the Symptoms/Complications?
If diabetes is not well controlled, foot problems can quickly develop.
How do I Prevent Diabetic Foot problems?
– Keep high blood sugar under control
– Make sure you dry feet thoroughly after a shower, especially in between the toes.
– Wear professionally fitted footwear to prevent any rubbing and blistering of the feet.
– Perform regular foot and shoe checks. If you notice any cuts, swelling, redness or blisters, see a Podiatrist who will give expert advice and treatment if needed.