Foot problems can affect anyone who has diabetes, whether they are being treated with insulin, tablets non-insulin injections or diet and physical activity only.
People with diabetes are more likely to be admitted to hospital with a foot ulcer than with any other complication of diabetes. This is because diabetes may lead to poor circulation and reduced feeling in the feet. It is important to understand how foot problems develop and how they can be prevented or detected early so that they can be treated successfully.
In this section you can find out:
- how diabetes can affect your feet
- how you can take some simple steps to avoid problems with your feet
- what a foot examination involves.
An explanation of the medical terms used in this publication can be found in the glossary.
Additionally, in the specialist footwear section you will be able to find some contact details that may be of help to people who have particular problems finding suitable shoes.
Reviewed February 2012
Next review August 2013