How do blisters form?

Blisters are usually caused by your footwear rubbing excessively against your skin. Tight shoes can increase pressure on your feet; loosely fitting footwear can result in greater movement and friction inside your shoes. The friction separates the upper layers of the skin and this rupture forms a pocket that quickly fills with liquid. This liquid …

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 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 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 …