Diabetes and Your Feet

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Diabetes and Your Feet

Did you know foot ulcers will develop in 15-25% of people with Diabetes over their lifetime?

Or that 1.5 million people have a lower limb or foot amputated due to diabetes each year? That’s the equivalent of one amputation every 20 seconds worldwide.

The number of people diagnosed with Diabetes worldwide is estimated to increase to 380 million by the year 2025.

Diabetes can cause many changes in your circulation, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and the skin of your feet. 

So how do you turn these frightening statistics around?

At Complete Podiatry we work with you to discover how your diabetes can put your feet at risk of these terrible complications and most importantly, give you the strategies and education you need to prevent them from occurring.


What Problems Can Diabetes Cause in My Feet?

If you do not look after your diabetes and keep your sugar levels under control, there are many changes that could occur in your feet including:

Dry Skin

Dry skin tends to occur about the heels and often leads to cracks that could become infected.

Changes to Foot Shape

The nerves work the muscles and the muscles work the joints.

Therefore, if you have nerve changes you may notice changes in the shape of your feet.

This can lead to claw toes and general foot deformity that makes it very difficult to find comfortable fitting shoes.

Changes in Feeling in the Feet

If you develop nerve damage in your feet you may not be able to feel when things happen to them.

For example, you may not be able to feel a pin stuck in the bottom of your foot!!!  

Loss of feeling is a problem because if you cannot feel damage to your feet you will not do anything to fix the damage!

If you have nerve damage you may even develop a painful, burning feeling in your feet.

See your Podiatrist or GP if you notice any changes to the feeling in your feet.

Foot Infections

Diabetes tends to increase your risk of developing infections if you damage the skin on your feet.

Infections can be caused by bacteria or fungus (tinea and fungal nails).

Any infections need to be reviewed by your Podiatrist or GP as soon as you notice them.

Foot Ulcers

An ulcer is a wound that takes longer than usual to heal. Foot ulcers usually occur when there is too much pressure on one part of the foot or when your circulation is reduced to part of the foot.

Foot ulcers may or may not be painful.

If you notice any wounds on your feet that are not healing, you must see you Podiatrist or GP immediately.


Part of the foot may need to be amputated if a foot ulcer becomes badly infected.

The best way to prevent amputations is to see your doctor or podiatrist immediately if you notice a problem



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