Podiatry Care for Diabetic

It is important for people living with diabetes to have a yearly foot screen for prevention and management of diabetes related foot disorder.  Based on your risk level, you may be seeing your foot care provider from anywhere between 6-8 weeks to every 6 months for foot-care needs.

You should see a Chiropodist if you answer Yes to any of following:

  • Do your feet feel numb, painful, pins & needles, and/or tingling?

  • Does one foot look different than the other or is your foot changing shape?

  • Is the bottom of your foot dry, cracked or callused?

  • Do you have thick, long and discolored nails?

  • Do you have any open sores, blisters or wounds?

  • Is the area in-between your toe spaces moist and macerated

What to expect on your appointment with the Chiropodist

  • A full Medical history will be taken to better understand your health and its effect on your feet

  • Foot assessments involving clinical vascular, neurological, dermatological and/or musculoskeletal tests will be performed

  • Footwear assessment and tips will be provided

  • Primary concern for the visit will be taken care of

  • Information on prevention of diabetes related foot disorder will be given

10 Helpful Tips for your Feet:

  • Check your feet every day – look for any red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters. Also check in between the toes. If you cannot see the bottom of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help

  • Maintain proper hygiene – wash your feet daily, keep in between toe spaces dry, keep your nails trimmed

  • If you are able to reach down to your feet and see properly, trim your nails straight across

  • Wear shoes and socks at all times – do not walk barefoot. Wear shoes/ sandals are well cushioned and supportive. Check inside of your shoes before wearing them

  • You should buy shoes at the end of the day as feet tend to swell up by the end of the day

  • If you have peripheral neuropathy, test water before putting your feet in it. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads or electric blankets. You can accidentally burn your feet

  • Maintain a good blood flow to your feet- you can put up your feet if sitting for long periods of time.

  • You should wiggle your toes and move the ankle up and down for 5-7 mins,  3-4 times/day.

  • You should not cross your legs for long periods of time.

  • Eat healthy and get involved in some sort of physical activity.

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Ontario Podiatric Medical Association
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