If you have had diabetes for some time, it can cause problems for your feet. Your feet may be less sensitive to pain, heat and more likely for you to suffer an accident without even realising it. Long-term diabetes can also lead to poor blood circulation, causing injuries to heal slower.
Take care of your feet every day by checking for blisters, cuts or scratches. If your eyesight is not good enough, ask a friend or relative to help. Always get a podiatrist to help with blisters, corns and verrucas as the ointments and plasters you buy may not be suitable for people with diabetes.
One of the best things you can do for your feet is to keep your blood glucose levels under control using a blood glucose test meter. It’s important also to keep your feet clean and dry, especially the area between your toes. File your toe nails to reduce the risk of cutting yourself. Avoid walking barefoot.
Have your eyes checked at least once a year and more often if there are signs of eye disease.
Experts say most people diagnosed with diabetes should try to keep their blood glucose level as close as possible to the level of someone who doesn’t have diabetes. The closer to normal your blood glucose is, the lower your chances are of developing serious health problems.
Your health care team will help you learn how to reach your target blood glucose range. Your main health care providers are your doctor, nurse, diabetes educator, and dietitian.