People often know that it is important for people with Diabetes not to cut their own toenails but when I ask they rarely know why this is.
If you do not see a podiatrist regularly e.g. every 6-8 weeks, it is important to go for an annual foot check. There are several reasons why.
Increased blood glucose levels
• can affect the circulation to the feet and legs causing cramps, restless legs and poor oxygen levels to the skin and muscles.
• can cause damage to the long nerves that reach your feet. This can mean a loss of sensation (peripheral neuropathy) or heightened sensation (painful neuropathy). The longer you are Diabetic the more chance you have of developing neuropathy.
• cause poor healing and increased chance of bacterial infection. In combination with loss of sensation this means that a minor cut can become infected very quickly.
• create the perfect environment for fungal skin and nail infections.