Looking after your feet
Everyone with diabetes should have an annual foot check. Diabetes leads to 169 amputations a week. That’s 24 amputations a day and 1 amputation every hour. Going to your foot checks and knowing the signs to look out for could prevent this from happening.
Annual Foot Check
Your foot check is part of your annual review, which means you should have it as part of your diabetes care and it’s free on the NHS. This is because you’re more likely to have serious foot problems and these can lead to amputations. This check will usually be carried out at your GP surgery.
You’ll need to take off any dressings and footwear, including socks and tights. Your feet will be examined. Numbness or changes in sensation (also known as neuropathy) will be tested with a special piece of equipment. They’ll also check your shoes to make sure they’re not causing any problems.
You’ll also be asked lots of questions about your feet and how you manage your diabetes. Such as:
•Have you had any problems or noticed any changes like cuts, blisters, broken skin, corns?
•Have you ever had any foot problems or wounds?
•Have you had any pain or discomfort?
•How often do you check your feet?
•Do you have any cramp-like pains when walking?
•How well are you managing your diabetes?
To help you make the most of your foot check, Diabetes UK have put together a guide to taking care of your feet when you have diabetes.
It’s never been more important to check your feet and legs every day – here we show you how to do it and what to look for. If you spot something new you’re concerned about, like a cut or blister on your foot, call your GP practice and explain your situation – don’t delay. If you can’t get through, call 111 for advice or get medical NHS help 111 online.