When you’ve got diabetes, even something small like a blister can lead to an amputation. But most amputations can be prevented by knowing the signs to look for.
Every hour, someone with diabetes has a toe, foot or leg amputated.
Make sure you’re not one of them by knowing the signs of a foot problem, how to take care of your feet and protect them from any harm.
You can prevent amputations
The link between diabetes and serious foot problems might not seem obvious. But if your blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol are consistently high, this can seriously damage the blood vessels in your feet.
That’s why everyone with diabetes needs to know the signs of a serious foot problem. These include:
- a loss of feeling in your feet or legs
- changes in their colour or shape
- a blister or cut that you can't feel.
And it can happen very quickly – a blister can turn into an amputation in less than a week. So taking action straight away is vital.
You can reduce your risk of an amputation by knowing the signs of serious foot problems and understanding what action to take if you spot one. And, along with helping you do this, we’ll give you simple tips to take care of your feet every day.