AD FEATURE: Daily foot-care regime reduces health risks

CHECK-UP: Central Podiatry receptionist Amanda Searle gets her feet checked by Holly Khan. Picture: Jamieson MurphyUNCONTROLLED diabetes can cause problems throughout the body, but the feet are particularly vulnerable.

Diabetes causes high blood sugar levels, which can damage nerves and blood vessels.

Podiatrist Holly Khan from Central Podiatry, in Morisset, said this damage may reduce sensation and circulation to the feet, both of which can lead to pain, lack of mobility, foot ulcers, infections and eventually amputations.

“When you have diabetes you need to take very good care of your feet every day,” Ms Khan said.

Podiatrists are health professionals who are specially trained to manage lower limb foot biomechanics and treatment including diabetes-related foot diseases.

“People who have low-risk feet need to have their feet checked every 12 months and people with high risk feet should have their feet examined every three to six [months],” Ms Khan said.

“These check-ups will include looking at the blood flow to the feet, feeling and reflexes, unusual foot shapes, toenails, dryness, calluses, corns, cracks and infections.”

Ms Khan said there are a number of ways people can keep their feet healthy, such as washing, drying and moisturising them every day, and wearing clean socks or stockings without rough seams.

“Protect your feet in a shoe which fits well (a thumb width longer than your longest toe), and keep your feet away from direct heat such as heaters, hot water bottles and electric blankets,” Ms Khan said.

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