Diabetic Footcare

Patients with diabetes need to take particular care of their feet as any injuries are more likely to develop complications such as ulceration, due to the patients’ slow healing ability. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop neuropathy due to the amount of blood reaching the feet being limited, resulting in trauma going unnoticed.

It is important for diabetic patients to be examined at least annually for the onset of reduced sensation or poor circulation, and more regular appointments should be made with a podiatrist, foot health practitioner or chiropodist for routine foot care, particularly if poor vision is a problem. Under no circumstances should a diabetic patient attempt to treat any corns, calluses or sores themselves, and if an injury occurs that does not heal quickly, they should see their GP as soon as possible.