When you have diabetes you need to take very good care of your feet every day. If you do this then you can prevent serious complications.
Your feet are at risk because diabetes can cause damage to the nerves and the blood supply. This damage is more likely if:
- You have had diabetes for a long time
- Your blood glucose levels have been too high for an extended period
- You smoke
- You are inactive.
There are two types of risk to feet, high risk and low risk. Knowing the risk and taking care of your feet can prevent serious problems even amputation. A podiatrist can carry out an easy and painless check on your feet to determine whether your feet have a low or high risk of developing more serious problems.