Caring for your feet

Diabetes can increase the risk of developing problems with your feet. You can reduce this risk by having regular foot checks with a health professional and taking good care of your feet.

What does a foot check involve?

A foot check is done by a health professional; usually a doctor, podiatrist or diabetes educator. The health professional will examine your feet for any current problems and decide how likely you are to develop a foot problem in the future. To do this, they will:

  • look at the condition of your toe nails, the skin on your feet and the shape
  • feel the pulses in your feet to check the blood flow circulation
  • check the nerves in your feet, usually by touching the soles of your feet with a thread of nylon (monofilament), and
  • check your shoes to ensure they are the best fit for your feet.

What is your risk of developing a foot problem?

You have LOW risk feet if you:

  • have pulses in your feet
  • do not have any nerve damage
  • do not have any changes in the shape of your feet.

You have HIGH risk feet if you have any of the following:

  • no pulses in your feet
  • nerve damage
  • changes in the shape of your feet
  • a foot ulcer or amputation.

When do you need to seek help urgently.

See a health professional URGENTLY if there is:

  • any sign of infection
  • skin breakdown, such as an ulcer or a crack
  • new pain, swelling or redness (especially if you have nerve damage).

Read more about caring for your feet here

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