What is it?

Diabetes means that your blood sugar, also called blood glucose, is too high. Diabetes can affect the feet in two main ways. It can cause nerve damage and narrowing of the blood vessels.

What causes it?

If you have diabetes, the pancreas makes little or no insulin or your cells are not using insulin efficiently.

How is it treated?

The most important way to delay or prevent diabetic foot complications is through control and management of your blood sugar levels. Regular podiatry appointments are very important to assess and monitor foot condition and ensure strategies are put in place to prevent complications. This involves checking the blood and nerve supply regularly and ensuring adequate, proper fitting footwear is worn.