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 …

Daily foot care tips for people with diabetes

Looking after your feet is something best done every day, but it’s something which doesn’t take long – in fact just a few minutes every day can be enough to help prevent serious problems in the future. Here are some of the key things you can do to look after your feet: Develop your own …

How will I know if I have a poor blood supply to my feet?

Damage to the blood supply to your feet can happen gradually, so it’s important to know what to look for especially if you have diabetes.  You should be more careful with your feet and make sure you seek advice early if you notice any of the following changes: Cramp in your calves when you walk which …

What happens to your feet when you walk?

Although you’ve probably never thought about it, walking is a complex process and our feet have a different function as we take one step to the next. The main function of our feet is to transmit the forces from the ground to our legs. If these forces are not distributed effectively, there could be an …

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s Foot (or tinea pedis) is one of the most common foot infections that can affect your feet. It will usually affect the skin between your toes which may become red or look soggy and white and will be very itchy. Your skin may also peel, flake and crack. The infection can also spread to …

Why children’s feet need extra care

Our feet are highly complex, with 26 bones working together to allow our feet to adapt to uneven walking surfaces, and act as a shock absorber with each step we take. Our bones are usually fully hardened by the age of 18, however when we are born our feet are composed mainly of relatively soft …

What causes heel pain?

Your heels repeatedly hit the ground with considerable force when walking or running. If you experience heel pain it can be very disabling making every step a problem. Some of the most common types of heel pain are heel spurs, heel bursitis and heel bumps. Heel spurs are normally most painful when you stand, particularly …

Is your sports injury related to your feet?

Playing sport regularly is a great thing: it’s enjoyable and great for our health and our minds. However when we run, our body weight is multiplied up to three times, with our feet bearing the brunt of this stress at every stride. The demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a …

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when a splinter of nail grows into the surrounding skin. They can be extremely painful and can become infected or bleed. If your nails are naturally curved they may have a tendency to grow into the flesh.  If you cut your nails too short you may leave a spike of nail which …

What is a fungal nail infection?

Fungal nail infections are common but they normally develop over a period of time, so any immediate difference in the way your nail looks or feels may be too subtle to notice at first. They are not usually serious but they can be unpleasant and difficult to treat. It is normally the same type of …