Diabetes Podiatry Service

Diabetes is a long term condition that can cause foot problems. Some of the problems can occur because the nerves and the blood vessels supplying the feet are damaged. This can result in peripheral neuropathy, which will affect the feeling in feet and ischaemia, causing poor circulation.

These changes can be very gradual and can go unnoticed during the early stages. Screening for foot problems takes place in community annually. The risk of developing ulceration is assessed and categorised as low, increased or high risk depending on the results of screening.

Patients with diabetes should check their feet daily to look for any potential problems. If the foot checks reveal any problems such as breaks in the skin, sudden swelling or change in colour (red, white or blue) they should contact their podiatrist or GP surgery for advice.

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