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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Diabetes and foot problems

Having diabetes means you’re at much greater risk of developing foot problems.

This is because raised blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, can damage the sensation in your feet. 

It can also affect your circulation, which can lead to you getting less blood supply to your feet. Without a good blood supply you may have problems with cuts and sores healing. You may also get cramps and pain in your legs or feet. 

If you don’t get these problems treated, they could lead to foot ulcers, infections and, at worst, amputations. Most foot problems can be prevented with good, regular foot care. So it’s good to keep an eye on your feet at home. And make sure you get a quality foot check from a healthcare professional at least once a year.

This might all seem a bit tricky to remember or understand. That’s why we’ve put together some things to help you look after your feet. 



Serious foot problems

Look out for the signs of a serious foot problem

How to look after your feet

Tip and advice on looking after your feet every day

Your annual foot check

Find out what will happen at your annual foot check

Touch the toes test

Simple test for you to check sensation in your feet
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