What is Diabetes Mellitus?

This is a condition where you have raised blood glucose levels (called hyperglycaemia) due to a metabolic disorder.

There are two main types of diabetes:
TYPE I – (Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus) where patients control their diabetes with insulin

TYPE II – (Non Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus) where patients may control their diabetes through diet, tablets or sometimes insulin.

Both of these type of diabetes can be harmful to feet.

How regularly should I see a Foot Specialist?

It is essential that everyone with diabetes of either type visit a Chiropodist / Foot Specialist regularly for a 6 – 12 monthly check up and whenever they have foot problems. Your Chiropodist may recommend a much more frequent visit.

Why should someone with diabetes see a Foot Specialist?

Diabetes is directly linked with profound changes to your feet. The circulation to and around your feet can deteriorate meaning you are more susceptible to infection, less likely to heal quickly and your skin quality reduces meaning it is easier to damage. The sense of feeling in your feet can also reduce so that it is possible to damage your feet and not know about it.

It is important feet are monitored regularly so that changes are detected early on.

You can see how even seemingly simple problems like corns, callus or poorly looked after toenails often manifest as more complex, urgent problems or emergencies.


Basic Guidelines for Diabetics

  • Wash feet daily and dry thoroughly – especially between the toes.
  • Apply moisturising cream to your feet daily but not between your toes.
  • Check your feet daily for anything unusual – colour changes, breaks in the skin, swelling, discharge etc.
  • Seek medical attention urgently if these are noted.
  • Always wear shoes or house slippers on your feet to protect them.
  • Ensure your shoes are the correct fit and are adjustable – low, laced shoes are the best.

Warning Signs

Redness, Swelling, Pus, Discharge, Pain.

Diabetes health care is a key part of a Chiropodist/Foot Specialist job role here at The Footcare Centre.


It is also important to see your Family Doctor or diabetes specialist for regular check-ups.

Contact us today to book an appointment or to find out more about the foot treatments we offer.

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