Tel: 02392 388149 or 07795 522700

Diabetic Footcare

Why is this important?

Diabetes Mellitus can have a serious impact upon an individual’s feet and each year around 6,000 people with diabetes have leg, foot or toe amputations in England (Diabetes UK, 2012). Quality of life is greatly impacted in these individuals.

Diabetes UK is currently campaigning to raise further awareness of the impact that having Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can have on foot health.

‘’Putting Feet First ‘’ aims to increase public awareness and education with an aim to facilitate annual foot health checks. (www.diabetes.org.uk)

What should I do if I am diabetic?

The main role of the foot health practitioner is to provide education and advice towards maintaining a healthy foot. Regular foot health appointments allow complications to be identified at an early stage. Sheridan Foot Health will undertake vascular and neurological checks.

However, there are also things you can do at home to care for your feet:
Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and soap.
Dry your feet well especially between the toes.
Check your feet daily for blisters, cuts, redness etc. If present, consult your doctor.
Trim your nails straight across and file the edge with a nail file. If your vision is impaired and you find it difficult to reach your feet to routinely examine them and cut your nails
Change your socks daily and avoid socks that are dirty and tight.
Never walk barefoot, indoors or outdoors!
Check your shoes daily for cracks, stones, nails, which may irritate or damage the feet.

Assessment and treatment

If your vision is impaired and you find it difficult to reach your feet to routinely examine them and cut your nails.

Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.

Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.