What causes dry, rough skin on the feet?

The skin on your feet, like skin elsewhere your body, forms a physical barrier to the environment. It’s important that your skin is supple and flexible so that it can cope with the stresses and forces of walking. However if the skin’s properties are altered or damaged, dryness and roughness can develop which can look …

What is a verruca?

Warts and verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus is contagious and can be spread by contact with someone else who is infected or by coming into contact with infected skin cells in places like communal showering areas. The virus enters through small breaks in your skin and infection is thought …

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 …