Having diabetes can increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems. These problems can develop as a result of the decrease in circulation and damage to the nerves (peripheral neuropathy) that can occurs from long term high blood sugars. It is for this reason that diabetics need to pay special attention to their feet. This is why regular Podiatry and foot check ups are important for diabetics. Proper preventive care for your feet can prevent serious complications.
It is advised that Diabetics see a Podiatrist every 6-12 months for their regular foot assessment and check up.
Untreated diabetes can result in other conditions, such as:
Peripheral neuropathy– this condition doesn’t emerge overnight. Instead, it usually develops slowly and worsens over time. Some patients have this condition long before they are diagnosed with diabetes. Having diabetes for several years may increase the likelihood of having diabetic neuropathy. It is advised to see your podiatrist every 6 months to be assessed.