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Importance of foot care

Importance of foot care

It is very important to take good care of your feet, because having diabetes puts you at risk of foot problems.

You should get information on diabetes and foot care when diabetes is diagnosed, during foot checks and if you develop any foot problems. The information should include:

  • why foot care is important

  • what good foot care involves

  • what to do if you think there may be a problem

  • footwear advice

  • your risk of developing a foot problem in the future

  • information about diabetes and the importance of managing your blood glucose.

The information you need about foot care – and how often you need to have a foot check – will depend on your risk of developing foot problems. Your healthcare professional can give you more information about this and talk with you about questions or worries you might have.

If you already have a foot problem (for example, an ulcer on your foot), your healthcare professional should explain what is wrong and what the treatment will involve. They may also ask whether you would find it helpful to see pictures of foot problems, such as long‑term foot damage or amputation.

Questions to ask about your risk of developing a foot problem

  • What is my risk of developing a foot problem, and how have you worked this out?

  • What did the foot check show?

  • How will I know if my risk changes?

  • What should I do if I think I've got a foot problem?

  • What is the best way of looking after my feet?

  • Can you advise me about shoes, socks and insoles?

  • Are there any changes to my lifestyle that I need to make?

  • How can managing my diabetes help?

  • How often do I need to have a foot check?

  • Why are you referring me to someone else? What will they do?

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