Foot check

If you have diabetes, you may already know how important a diabetic foot care 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 whatto look out for.

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.

Enjoy life free from Diabetic foot problems

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 slowhealing cuts and wounds

This is why everyone with diabetes should have a full foot examination, including checking foot pulses and feeling, at least once a year; something up to a third of people with diabetes don’t do. The good news is that with good glucose control and foot care, many of these complications can be easily avoided.

FREE Foot Check Service

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. But remember, you should still have your full foot examination with your GP every year.

Keeping your feet healthy with a diabetic foot care routine

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.

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Looking after your feet everyday to help prevent hard skin from developing, your basic foot routine should include:

3 steps

Be aware of foot pain and sensation

many people with diabetes

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
test your toes every week

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