Foot complications are common in Diabetes and can sometimes happen gradually making it difficult to detect.
It may only become apparent that a complication exists when a problem such as ulceration develops. Complications are commonly caused by damage to the blood vessels and the nerves supplying the feet. Damage to the nerves is generally called Neuropathy.
You will receive Diabetic foot screening by a suitably trained healthcare professional every one to two years. The information and link to resources on this webpage provides information on what you can do to take care of your feet between screenings, helping you to detect and act upon any problems at an early stage. The leaflet below provides further information on General Diabetic foot care.
Foot screening will determine whether or not your feet are at risk of problems occurring, the health care professional performing this test should inform you of your foot risk status. This will generally be categorised into Low, Medium or High risk. The links below explains what this means to you and what you can do.
If you are worried you have lack of feeling or Neuropathy in your feet you can perform the “Touch the toes test” this is a quick and easy test designed to assess the sensitivity in your toes.
The information below provides information on taking care of your feet while on Holiday.
If you discover a problem with your feet please seek help as soon as possible by attending your GP or if out of hours contact NHS 24 (111).
Further Advice and information on Diabetes and Diabetic foot care
Further advice can be sought from:
- Footwear Advice to Reduce the Risk of Amputation
- Looking after your diabetic foot ulcer to reduce the risk of amputation
- Looking after your foot in remission to reduce the risk of further ulcers and amputation
Further Information on Diabetic foot care can be found at: