Diabetes Footcare

Here to help you look after your feet while living with diabetes

Diabetes Footcare

Whether you’re already living with diabetes or have been newly diagnosed, we’re here to help with your day to day diabetes management and support

If you have diabetes, you may already know how important a diabetic footcare routine is for your feet and overall health. We can offer expert advice, showing you some simple steps to care for your feet and helping you to understand what to look out for. We also offer a range of products to help you care for your feet at home.

Enjoy life free from Diabetic foot problems

People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised sugar levels can cause to sensation and circulation. Poor control can affect the nerves in your feet, putting you at risk of developing complications, such as:

  • Loss of feeling
  • Pain sensation
  • Reduced blood supply to the feet
  • Increased likelihood of infections
  • Increased likelihood of slow healing cuts and wounds

With good glucose control and foot care, many of these complications can be easily avoided. Everyone with diabetes should have a full foot examination at least once a year, which includes checking for foot pulses, sensation and feeling. It is estimated that up to a third of people with diabetes do not get their feet checked.

During 2018 we will be hosting roadshows around the UK where you can get tested for Type 2 Diabetes. Find out if there is free screening near you, as well as dates, using our roadshow map.

 

You want to keep your skin healthy and stop hard skin forming on the parts of your feet where there’s a lot of repeated pressure, such as where your shoes or socks rub.

If an area of hard skin builds up, the skin underneath is put under more pressure, causing damage. Eventually this pressure can cause a wound to form under the hard skin and damaged tissue. That’s why it’s so important to prevent hard skin from forming in the first place.

 

If you’re not sure whether or not this applies to you, here’s what to look out for:

  • An odd or painful feeling in your legs and feet
  • Pain becoming worse at night
  • Pain that feels like electric shocks or pins and needles
  • A burning sensation in your feet
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain at light touch
  • Feet feeling freezing cold
 

Checking your toes weekly means that you’ll pick up any problems early so they can be far more successfully treated. The foot test is easy to carry out in the comfort of your own home with help from a member of your family, a friend or a carer.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Sit or lie down with your shoes and socks off and close your eyes
  2. Ask the person helping you to gently touch the tip of your big toe with their forefinger for one to two seconds. The touch should be light, not pressing down hard
  3. Next, ask them to gently touch their forefinger to the tip of your little toe, followed by the middle toe
  4. Repeat on the other foot
 

 

Did you know? We offer a FREE foot check service too

Our Foot Check Service is your chance to talk to your pharmacy team about your diabetes and any related diabetic foot problems, and to find out about the simple, everyday things you can do to keep your feet as healthy as they can be. Our Pharmacists can talk through ways to look after your feed such as spotting changes to skin, circulation and nerve supply. But remember, you should still have your full foot examination with your GP every year.

If you’re looking for more information about Type 2 Diabetes, find out more about symptoms of Type 2 diabetes or book a FREE in store test here.