diabetes footcare, diabetic foot conditions

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LIVING

Surgery: Depending on the damage,

you may need to have your foot

reshaped and the bones and joints

moved into their original place.

If this, alongside prolonged rest,

isn't successful, you may need an

amputation. However, Charcot foot

doesn't have to result in surgery or

amputation with regular checks and

early treatment.

www.diabetes.org.uk/charcot-foot

Diabetic foot ulcer

A diabetic foot ulcer is a slow-healing

open wound or sore. As with Charcot

foot, if you have numb feet from

peripheral neuropathy, you won't

necessarily know if you cut and

damage your foot, and you could be

unaware of a blister forming from

poorly fitting shoes, for example.

Because you may not feel any pain,

you may continue walking without

protecting the blister, which may get

worse and develop into an ulcer. Poor

circulation results in fewer infectionfighting

cells reaching the site,

meaning wounds take longer to heal,

which could cause gangrene and as a

result amputation.

If you think you may have a foot

ulcer, speak to your diabetes team

immediately. They will help you to

dress and protect the ulcer to avoid

infection while the skin heals.

Daily foot care

There are many ways you can look after your feet to prevent

complications. Diabetes UK has put together a list of

recommendations when looking after your feet:

Click the pic to download Diabetes

UK's brochure, 'Simple steps

to healthy feet when you have

diabetes' for more foot care tips.

The Solesee mirror

helps you see the

soles of your own feet.

Available from

Diabetes.org.uk/shop.

1 Check your feet every day for any changes. See a healthcare

professional straight away if you notice anything unusual.

2 If you've lost any feeling in your feet, be especially careful as you

may not know if you've hurt yourself.

3 Make sure your footwear fits. If your shoes or socks are too tight,

too loose or rub, then don't wear them.

4 Use moisturiser every day. Check with your healthcare team about

which emollient is right for you. Don't put cream between your toes,

as this can cause problems. The same for talcum powder - if it gets

clogged up between your toes, it could also cause excessive dryness.

5 Don't use blades or corn plasters as they could damage your skin.

If you need help with corns or other skin problems, speak to

a podiatrist.

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pic to go

to the shop.

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