Foot problems

Badly managed type 1 diabetes can lead to poor blood flow and nerve damage, which can lead to problems with the feet

If left untreated, these problems can cause foot ulcers and infections. At worse, it could lead to amputations.

Spotting the signs of foot problems

It’s recommended that you check your feet every day for signs of redness, pain, build-up of hard skin, numbness or changes in the shape of your feet. If you notice any of these signs, speak to your doctor or healthcare team.

You should also get a foot check up at least once a year to see if there are any changes to your nerves.

Reducing the risk of foot problems

Foot problems are caused by regularly high blood glucose levels, so it’s important to manage your type 1 diabetes as best as possible and ensure you’re within the optimal blood glucose range.