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Diabetes and your feet

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Written By

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

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Posted 1st March 2023

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to maintain healthy levels of sugar in the blood. This can potentially cause serious issues, such as:

    • nerve damage (neuropathy)
    • reduced blood supply
    • nail and skin issues
    • wounds, ulcers & gangrene
    • foot deformity

Foot complications can be avoided by taking precautions and acting immediately when problems arise*.

1. Inspect feet regularly

Look for cuts, scratches, and bruises, and ensure they heal well. Check for signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus, pain, wound worsening.)

2. Wear properly fitted footwear

Footwear should not crowd the toes, rub or slip. They should fasten to hold your foot in place, and must be supportive.

3. Inspect footwear regularly

Replace worn out shoes. Check inside for foreign objects like rocks.

4. Avoid being barefoot

Protect feet from injury by wearing shoes. Beware of walking on hot surfaces barefoot, particularly at the beach.

5. Avoid direct heat sources

You can also accidentally cook your feet by putting them close to a heater to warm up. Extra layers of clothing or blankets are much safer.

6. Dry between toes

Wet skin between toes can macerate and break down. If you can’t reach your feet, use an air dryer or a drying spray like deodorant, antifungal spray or methylated spirits.

7. Moisturise feet

Moisturiser will slow the process of hard skin formation, reducing painful fissuring and cracking that can be an infection risk. If you can’t reach your feet, use a long-handled sponge applicator.

8. Get some exercise

Exercise is the best way to keep the blood flowing to your feet.

9. Stay hydrated

Remember to drink water!

10. Manage diabetes

Keeping blood sugar levels under control is essential to avoiding foot complications.

11. See your podiatrist if you have diabetes

We recommend a thorough foot check at least once a year to assess the risk to your foot health and develop risk minimisation strategies.

* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

If you have any questions, please give us a call, email us, or send us a message – we’ll be happy to chat with you to discuss your needs.

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Authors

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.