What can go wrong with my feet?
Diabetes can cause three main complications. You may develop circulation problems, the sensation in your feet may become reduced or absent and the shape of your feet could change.
Will I definitely develop these problems?
No. These complications are avoidable. It is important to know that Diabetes is a progressive condition but if controlled well you can reduce the risk of serious complications developing, both in your feet and in other parts of your body.
How are these complications diagnosed?
Circulation problems are suspected if the clinician examining your feet cannot feel your foot pulses. This may indicate a need for more advanced investigation of your circulation.
Loss of sensation is detected by testing the feeling in your feet with a device called a 10g monofilament. You will be asked to close your eyes and answer yes when you feel a touch.
Diabetes can alter your foot shape. Usually this can involve clawing of the toes and a higher arch position.
What happens if you find a problem?
Based on the results of your foot screen, you will be advised what level of risk you have for developing Diabetic Foot Ulceration. You will then be provided with tailored foot-care advice and a recommended review period.
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