How diabetes can affect your feet?

Both patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic foot disease. The older you get and the longer you have diabetes can also increase your risk.

Poor Circulation

Having diabetes can increase your risk of reduced blood circulation to your legs and feet and can lead to Peripheral Vascular Disease. When this occurs there is reduced oxygen and nutrients reaching your feet and toes and can lead to wounds not healing. This can also be quite dangerous when combined with reduced sensation in the feet as it may lead to ulceration and potentially gangrene if an infection occurs.

Signs of reduced circulation to look out for:

  • Intermittent claudication- which may feel like cramps, muscle fatigue or heaviness in your calves
  • Resting pain- painful calves whilst lying down
  • Cold feet
  • Numbness in your feet
  • Muscular weakness
  • Blue or purple skin colour
  • Wounds that take a long time to heal
  • Hair loss or toenails not growing

At Glad Feet Podiatry our Podiatrists will perform an annual vascular assessment on your feet to assess how your circulation is, we look at the health of your toenails and skin and provide you with the right education to prevent any damage that may occur as a result of compromised circulation.

Loss of protective sensation

One of the potential problems associated with diabetes is the loss of the ability to feel things in your feet. This condition is known as Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.

Our ability to feel pain is very important as it is a protective mechanism. Pain tells us if we stood on something sharp or if we are too close to a heat source and to move away.  At Glad Feet Podiatry our Podiatrists will perform an annual nerve assessment on your feet to assess how your protective sensation is and provide you with the right education to prevent any damage that may occur as a result of Diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Limited movement in the joint

People with diabetes who have high levels of glucose in their bodies can develop stiffness in their ligaments and other structures around the joints over time. This is particularly seen in the ankle joint and in the 1st MTPJ (big toe) and as a result can alter the way that you walk.

By visiting one of our Podiatrists at Glad Feet Podiatry on a regular basis you will have your feet assessed carefully to see if you have any diabetes related foot changes, we will monitor these changes, educate you and also notify your GP of these changes.

Call today on (03) 90773239 to make an appointment and experience Glad Feet.