Diabetes and feet

When managing diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, it’s important to take particular care of your hands and feet. We look at our hands every day but rarely look at the bottom of our feet. Making sure you look after your feet every day can help prevent hard skin from developing, which can keep any complications at bay.

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Foot problems are less likely if blood glucose levels are kept under control and feet are looked after.

Every week there are over 100 amputations here in the UK as a result of poorly controlled diabetes.

Foot-care routine

Make foot-care a part of your daily routine, just like managing your blood glucose and diet.

 

Your basic foot routine should include:

  • Washing
  • Exfoliating
  • Moisturising

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TOP TIP! Use a pumice stone to remove any dry skin

Products like Allpresan Diabetic Foot Foam cream can be used to treat dry and sensitive skin on your feet including between toes and around wound edges.

 

Allpresan comes in two formulations, BASIC or Intensive.

Shop Allpreasan here

 

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Diabetic Socks

Diabetic socks have been designed specifically for people with Diabetes in mind to help avoid the chance of developing complications with your feet.

The socks are ridgeless with flat seems minimising the risk of rubbing and sores. Made from cotton, they keep in the warmth through colder months and allow feet to breath during the warmer months.

Take a look at our range here

Diabetic peripheral

Many people with diabetes will experience nerve pain in their feet, which is sometimes referred to as diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain.

Here’s what you should look out for:

  • tingling sensation; pins and needles
  • pain (burning)
  • sweating less
  • feet that are red and hot to touch
  • changes to the shape of your feet
  • hard skin
  • loss of feeling in your feet/legs

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You could also experience other symptoms that can indicate damage to your blood supply, including:

  • cramp in your calves (at rest or when walking)
  • shiny smooth skin
  • loss of hair on your legs and feet
  • cold, pale feet
  • changes in the skin colour of your feet
  • wounds or sores that do not heal
  • pain in your foot/feet
  • swollen feet

LloydsPharmacy can help you put your best foot forward by offering expert advice and FREE foot checks.

Our Pharmacists can advise you on things to do every day to ensure your feet are as healthy as they can be.

We will help you create your personalised Footcare routine which will include explaining how to:

  • Regularly check for loss of sensation
  • Check for damage to your feet (e.g. cuts, blisters, swelling)