Diabetes and Your Feet

Diabetes can affect the feet in a number of ways including:

  • Numbness, tingling and a loss of sensation in the feet

  • Reduced blood flow to the feet

  • Slower healing

  • Increased risk of infections

Diabetic Foot Care


  • As a diabetic your feet are at risk of serious complications including unrepairable damage to nerves and a reduction in blood flow circulation to the feet.

  • Assessment by a podiatrist can determine any problems and aid in the prevention and treatment of these complications.

Appropriate Care


  • Inspect your feet every day, including the bottoms of your feet and between your toes. If you notice any cuts or blisters, apply betadine and cover the wound.

  • Wash your feet daily

  • Make sure you cut your nails straight across, and avoid cutting down the sides

  • Always wear footwear

  • Before putting on your shoes check there are no pebbles or other objects inside.

  • Use moisturiser daily to prevent callus