How does diabetes affect your feet?
Diabetes is a condition where there is a high concentration of glucose in your blood. In the long run, this can lead to complications affecting your nervous system and circulation.
Here are ways diabetes can affect your feet:
- They can become numb and less able to feel pain, temperature changes and vibrations
- The skin on your feet may become very dry and likely to suffer blisters, cuts or burns
- Wounds may take a long time to heal
- Your feet and legs may become numb or painful
- Over time, the damage to nerves and blood circulation can even lead to changes in the shape of your feet and to the way you walk
Looking after your feet
Your feet are particularly delicate if you are suffering from diabetes, and need special care and attention. Here is a simple daily routine:
- Wash your feet with warm water and a mild soap, but don’t let your feet soak for too long as it can make skin prone to damage
- Dry your feet well, taking care to dry between your toes and make sure they stay dry all day
- Use a good moisturiser both underneath and on top
- Examine your feet daily. Contact a healthcare professional if there is a change in the colour or sensation or if you notice an unexplained swelling, break in skin or discharge.
Other helpful tips:
- Wear comfortable shoes that protect and support your feet
- Always wear socks and never walk barefoot
- Immediately treat any small wounds on your feet or nails to avoid complications and infections
Choosing the right type of footwear as a diabetic is essential in preventing complications. Here are some of the characteristics they should have:
- Soft and breathable materials
- Deep toe area, rounded or square, where your toes can move freely
- Medium-height, firm heels
- Secure closures
- No seams or rough areas inside
- Cushioned insoles
- Sturdy with non-slip soles
I am a diabetic. Can I use Scholl foot care products?
Whenever possible, Scholl seeks to offer products that can be used by everyone, including diabetics. However, please consult with your healthcare professional before using any Scholl product.