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Diabetes: Footcare Advice & Support

How living with diabetes can affect your feet

Having diabetes can mean you are at greater risk of developing foot problems.

Elevated blood sugars can damage the nerves to your feet, leading in the loss of feeling in your feet.

The circulation or blood supply to your feet may be affected. Without a good blood supply to your feet, you may develop cuts and sores that do not heal.

Diabetes may lead you to be more prone to infections, these can occur in your feet.

Any person living with diabetes should have an assessment with a podiatrist, so that their individual risk of developing problems with their feet can be discussed and an appropriate advice plan given.

The majority of patients living with diabetes will be at low risk of developing foot problems. They can carry out their own nail and skin care and carryout daily foot checks to ensure no breaks in the skin.

Wearing good footwear is also important to ensure you keep your feet healthy. Footwear should be supportive and fit your feet. Not too small and not too big.

Please see our footwear page for further information.

If you have any concerns about your feet such as skin breaks/sores, redness, heat or swelling please ensure you contact your podiatrist or local health care professional as soon as possible

If you need more information on how to manage foot problems whilst living with diabetes, click the links below:


Your Foot Wound Has Healed What Now? Image of arrow Moderate Risk Feet Image of dial pointing to yellow colour
Low Risk Feet Image of dial pointing to green colour High Risk Feet Image of dial pointing to red colour
Holiday Feet Image of beach and trees Looking After Your Foot Wound/ Ulcer Image of plaster