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If you get a wound or a cut on your foot, you might not notice. These can develop into ulcers and infections. In the worst cases, this could lead to an amputation. But there are simple things you can do to help catch any issues early.
Looking at your feet every day and trying to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range as much as possible can help prevent problems.
Take the time to check your feet every day if you can. If you notice any changes to your feet, no matter how small, speak to your GP. If you have a foot care or podiatry team, you can contact them for advice.
Look out for:
If you notice that your foot has changed shape or colour, or has become red, hot and swollen, speak to your GP or foot team straight away.
If you do notice a problem with your feet, it’s important to get help. Take the weight off your foot and contact your GP or foot protection team straight away. Getting help early can avoid serious complications.
“Each year you’ll receive an appointment to have your feet checked. The team will check the condition of your feet, test the sensation and feel your pulses to assess blood circulation.” James Ridgeway, Diabetes Specialist Nurse.
If you can, check your feet daily as it can help you spot any changes or injuries that need to be treated.
Other things you can do include:
Keep your blood glucose levels within your target range as best you can and try to manage your cholesterol and blood pressure. Stay as active as possible and eat a healthy diet.
Your GP, podiatrist or hospital diabetes foot service will advise you what to do if you find any problems with your feet. They may be able to give you some treatments or you may be admitted into hospital for further care.
If you experience any symptoms of nerve damage, speak to your GP or Diabetes Healthcare Team. They can help you to reduce the risk of damage getting worse and give you treatments to reduce your symptoms.
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