Because you’ve got diabetes, you need to take care of your feet. There are 10 things you need to know and we’ll help you learn them all.
Someone with diabetes is 20 times more likely to have an amputation than someone without diabetes.
Knowing how to protect yourself from diabetic foot disease will reduce your risk of needing an amputation.
10 ways to help you avoid diabetic foot disease
Diabetes can cause the blood vessels in your feet to become seriously damaged. When this happens you’re more at risk of ulcers and amputation.
You can avoid this by learning the 10 ways to protect your feet. Here they are:
- Get help to quit smoking
- Manage your blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure
- Check your feet every day
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay active
- Watch out cutting your nails
- Make sure your footwear fits
- Use moisturising cream every day
- Don’t use blades or corn plasters
- Get expert advice
- Keep useful numbers handy
But just knowing what you need to do isn’t the same as doing it. So we’re going to help you learn exactly what you need to do – from how to check your feet to cutting your toe nails safely – and support you to do it.