How do I look after my toenails if I have diabetes?

If you can reach them, and see well enough to be able to cut them, then you can cut your own toenails. However, if you have damage to the nerves or blood supply to your feet, don’t cut them yourself unless you have been shown how to, for example by a podiatrist. Cut your nails …

How can diabetes affect my feet?

If you have diabetes you may have been told to take special care of your feet, but perhaps you don’t know why. Understanding how and why foot problems develop will help you to take action to prevent them. By understanding how your feet can change with diabetes and by learning how to spot those changes …

How do I look after my feet if I have diabetes?

Looking after your feet is something best done every day. But it’s something which shouldn’t take long – in fact just a few minutes every day can be enough to help prevent serious problems in the future.  1) Check your feet. You’re looking for any changes from yesterday as well as the previous days and weeks. …

How will I know if I have an infection?

There are a number of different signs of an infection, though you may not have all of these: Pain – though if your nerves are damaged you may not feel any pain or discomfort Change in skin colour Swelling Difficultly moving your foot because of pain or swelling Heat – your skin may feel hot …

Questions you should ask yourself if you have diabetes

Damage to the nerves and blood supply to your feet makes it more likely that you will develop foot problems if you have diabetes. This is because nerve damage and poor circulation can change the shape of your feet, the sensations you are able to feel and the condition of your skin. To find out …

How do I choose shoes if I have diabetes?

Unless your feet are misshapen because of bunions or other problems you probably won’t need to buy special shoes just because you have diabetes, however you may have to change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s also important to have your feet measured every time you buy shoes – there should be 1cm of …