to seek treatment to keep your feet healthy
and avoid foot ulcers. The charity feels
that, as there is a shortage of podiatrists
in the NHS and that the recommended
annual diabetes foot health checks, are
not always taking place as they should.
Commenting, IDDT's Jenny Hirst says,
"We hope that if people have more
information on how to look after their feet,
the number of amputations will reduce."
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Meanwhile a new product has become
available for home use. Neuropad is
simple to use and can indicate if there are
changes in foot-health, simply by placing
a pad on your foot for ten minutes. If
the pad turns pink, no worriees, your
feet are fine. If the pad turns blue it
means you should seek advice from a
healthcare professional as your feet might
be showing signs of diabetes-related
impaired foothealth. Read more on p.22.
The Corrymoor Gentle Top (£10.50) and
Corrymoor Adventurer (£14.50) are ideal
for people who have poor circulation, such
as Reynaud's syndrome or diabetes, or
are otherwise sensitive to pressure on their
legs. The Corrymoor Gentle Top (top right)
is intended for everyday use whilst the
Corrymoor Adventurer is thicker for walking
or outdoor activities (or even just for using
without shoes around the house). Both socks
have the health benefits of mohair, a natural
fibre with anti-bacterial properties.
Fitlegs is a new brand from post-surgery
compression sock suppliers G&N Medical.
They now have a range of diabetes socks
and everyday compression socks for work
and travel. Soft and seamless, the heels
have support, and they come in four sizes
with a compression level of 14-17mmHg (a
measure of pressure using mercury as used
in pressure gauges).
Tight elastic socks and ill-fitting shoes can
increase the risk of foot ulcers. Gentle Grip
(below right) set out to create a completely
new type of socks that could stay up without
pinching. Gentle Grip Footnurse Socks have
done away with elastic completely, thanks
to the non-restrictive Honeycomb Top that
holds secure, moulds to the natural contours
of the ankle and calf and are made a softtouch, breathable
cotton that creates a
SEE HOW IT'S DONE!
Diabetes UK has released a new
video about how to look after your
feet, click the pic to watch it.
Sock it to us!
Some of the best socks
for people with diabetes
Diabetes UK also has guidance on how to put your feet
first, and simple steps to healthy feet. Click the pics to
download them as PDFs.