Diabetes and Footcare
It is very important that diabetics take meticulous care of their feet. A high blood glucose level can cause blood circulation problems, which can lead to loss of feeling in the feet. In diabetics, a foot wound can be very difficult to heal, sometimes leading to amputation.
Poor peripheral circulation
Blood circulation problems in the lower limbs can lead to pain and numbness, slow healing of injuries and even amputation. Thickening and hardening of the arteries can lead to a blockage in circulation, leading to myocardial infarction or stroke.
Nerve injuries are caused by decreased blood flow and high blood sugar levels. They are more likely to develop if blood sugar levels are not well controlled.
About half of all people with diabetes will develop nerve damage. Tingling or burning in the extremities may be an early sign of nerve damage. These feelings often start in your toes and feet. You may have deep pain, often in the feet and legs.
Nerve damage may cause you to lose feeling in your extremities. Because of this you may:
- Not notice when you step on something sharp
- Not know that you have a blister or small cut
- Not notice when you cut your toes or cut nails too short when you use a clipper
Footcare Connect nurses and chiropodists will examine your feet thoroughly in every session; they will look for any circulatory and sensory issues, any cuts and bruises or potential complications and only then, using sterile tools, will they meet your foot care needs. A therapeutic foot massage is offered at end of each session to promote circulation in the feet.