Pizza and beer? Coffee and doughnuts? How about – diabetes and feet. Just as the initial two are synonymous with each other, a little known fact is the relationship between diabetes and feet. Unfortunately, unlike pizza and beer or coffee and doughnuts, the relationship between these two things isn’t good.
With diabetes sufferers being more prone to infection, damaged nerves and blocked arteries – the legs and feet are particularly exposed to severe problems that can and often lead to amputation and severe pain in the lower limbs. There are a few factors that increase the risk of damage, these include:
- The length of your diabetes
- Extended period of high blood glucose levels
Luckily, there are ways to prevent damage occurring with the most basic forms of prevention as follows:
- General foot care – this includes attending to injuries (such as cuts, blisters and sores) immediately, cutting toenails straight across, avoiding direct heat, regular moisturising, use of loose fitting socks (to allow blood flow) and know your foot well.
- Regular podiatrist check ups – Diabetes Australia recommends annual check ups for low risk feet and every 3 – 6 months for high risk. Check ups will generally monitor and treat blood flow, feeling and reflexes, dryness, calluses and infections etc. If you’re after a podiatrist in Brisbane, visit All Podiatry. A podiatrist is also able to give further information on foot care around the home.
- Shoes – shoes for diabetics should have a looser fit than normal to allow for continued blood circulation. All Podiatry, a podiatrist in Brisbane can fit shoes for diabetics to allow circulation as well as prevent ulcers and blisters.
With this simple care preventing severe foot problems will become a regular, simple task. All Podiatry in Brisbane also specialise in custom orthotics in Brisbane, toe and nail care and all other things foot related.