Anyone with diabetes will tell you that some common symptoms are numbness and pain in your feet. However, not all foot pain and numbness is a result of diabetes. It is therefore important that you have your feet checked by a qualified podiatrist to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Diabetic symptoms will vary from patient to patient but if you are experiencing tingling, numbness and sharp, aching pain in your feet, please see your doctor immediately. Diabetic foot checks and taking extra care of your feet are essential to improve the condition.
Regular Foot Check and Examination
Diabetic neuropathy can manifest itself in diabetic patients so it is important to perform regular foot checks and learn about the symptoms. Visiting an experienced podiatrist is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis, learn about diabetic neuropathy and understand how you can improve your foot health.
When Should I See A Foot Doctor?
At least 6 monthly appointments with a podiatrist are recommended. However, you need to regularly check your feet for any cuts, blisters and sores. As a diabetic, your wounds often heal at a slower rate which can lead to infections and other complications if not treated early on.
Here are some of the things you need to start doing:
- Make sure you regularly check and wash your feet. Dry them thoroughly especially between your toes.
- Make sure your toenails are always trimmed without cutting them too short.
- Avoid applying too much foot lotion-a thin layer will suffice.
- Check for any redness, swelling or soreness on your feet.
- Be active. Take regular walks and speak to a healthcare professional about an exercise routine you can follow.
If you have any concerns or notice any conditions mentioned in this post, make sure you speak to your GP or one of our friendly podiatrists.
At Free Your Feet Podiatry, we make diabetic foot checks a priority because healthy feet are happy feet! Please call us on (02) 9680 3646 to book an appointment.