If you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing problems with your feet, including foot ulcers and infections from minor cuts and grazes. This is because diabetes is associated with poor blood circulation in the feet, and blood glucose can damage the nerves.
To prevent problems with your feet, keep your nails short and wash your feet daily using warm water. Regularly check your feet for cuts, blisters or grazes because you may not be able to feel them if the nerves in your feet are damaged.
Wear shoes that fit properly and see a podiatrist or chiropodist (foot care specialist) regularly so that any problems can be detected early. Use our Chiropodist locator feature to find a professional foot care specialist in your area. They will be able to fully advise you on the best way to look after your feet and give information on how to find suitable footwear that will not agrivate the condition.
At Sandpiper we are specialists in producing shoes that are suitable for the particular requirements of diabetes sufferers. Deep and accomodating toe boxes, seam free foreparts and soft leather help to prevent agrivation and irritation of the skin on the feet.
For further information about the condition, please take a look at our Diabetes Guide.