It’s especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here’s how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help.

Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as peripheral neuropathy. This can mean foot injuries do not heal well, and you may not notice if your foot is sore or injured.

“The risk of complications can be greatly reduced if you’re able to bring your blood sugar levels under control,” says podiatrist Brent Goddard.

“Ensure that your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are also monitored and controlled with medication if needed.”

Foot care tips if you have diabetes

Stop smoking to protect your feet

If you have diabetes, it’s important to try to stop smoking. Smoking impairs the blood circulation, particularly in people with diabetes. It can seriously worsen foot and leg problems.

When to see a foot expert

Seek treatment from your GP or foot expert if blisters or injuries do not heal quickly.

You should see your doctor or foot expert urgently if:

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