diabetes footcare, diabetic foot conditions

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LIVING

Finding your feet

Foot health is so important when you have diabetes.

We take a look at the everyday niggles to be aware of

alongside issues specifically related to diabetes.

By Angela Coffey.

We know that having

diabetes can mean a

greater risk of foot

problems. Prolonged

raised blood glucose can affect

circulation as well as damage the

sensation in your feet, which puts

people with diabetes at a higher risk

of developing foot problems. Poor

circulation can affect the time it

takes for cuts and sores to heal, and

any issues left untreated could result

in ulcers, infections and, in the worst

cases, amputations.

The good news is you can prevent

most problems with good, regular

foot care. We look at some issues

to be aware of and what to look out

for starting with generic conditions,

ending with ones more closely

associated with Type 1 diabetes.

Athlete's foot

This common fungal infection can

spread easily, and most people

catch it by walking barefoot where

someone else has with the infection -

like changing rooms - or by touching

someone's feet with the condition.

Symptoms can include:

Itchy, flaky skin between the toes.

Red, sore and flaky patches on the

soles and sides of your feet.

Cracked and bleeding skin.

Small, itchy fluid-filled blisters.

Treatment

Athlete's foot can be treated with

creams, sprays and powders. See your

GP, so they can check your symptoms

and advise on the right treatment. If

you don't treat it, it can cause wider

issues like a fungal nail infection.

They may prescribe an antifungal

treatment at first - the key is to be

consistent and continue the process

until it clears up. You should also:

Dab-dry your feet after washing,

paying particular attention

between your toes.

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