Diabetes

We have treated hundreds of patients with diabetes at Capital Podiatry.

We can help you with advice and with hands-on treatment.

If you have diabetes, it's particularly important to look after your feet.

The complications of diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye disease, kidney disease and stroke. Diabetes can have a specific impact on your feet through ‘peripheral vascular disease’, which means problems with blood vessels in your feet.

Diabetes can also impact your feet through ‘peripheral neuropathy’, which involves a gradual loss of feeling in the feet.

If you have a problem with blood circulation, we can perform a Doppler assessment to check the circulation in your legs and feet.

If you have diabetes and you have trouble cutting your own nails, or you have corns, calluses or ingrown nails, you should have these treated by a podiatrist.

We can help you understand how diabetes affects your feet and help you be sure that you're doing the best for your feet.

If you have diabetes you should:

  • check your feet every day, including in between your toes and around your heels
  • check for blisters, calluses and corns, cracked skin and anything that doesn't look right
  • choose your shoes carefully—make sure they fit well, are roomy, have a flexible sole and a soft upper, with either shoelaces or Velcro straps
  • avoid shoes with pointed toes, high heels, open toes and thongs
  • choose shoes made from natural fibres such as canvas, leather or suede
  • wear socks made from natural fibres such as cotton, wool or bamboo, and
  • break in any new pairs of shoes slowly.

Our Practice is wheelchair friendly