Having diabetes means you’re at much greater risk of developing foot problems.
This is because raised blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, can damage the sensation in your feet. It can also affect your circulation, which can lead to you getting less blood supply to your feet. Without a good blood supply you may have problems with cuts and sores healing. You may also get cramps and pain in your legs or feet.
If you do not get these problems treated, they could lead to foot ulcers, infections and, at worst, amputations. Most foot problems can be prevented with good, regular foot care. More information on how to look after your feet is available here.
Watch the short video below to find out what to expect when attending a foot clinic:
Bedfordshire and Luton
For more information about podiatry services provided by Bedfordshire Hospitals, visit the hospital website.
For more information about community podiatry services for patients registers with a GP surgery in Bedfordshire and Luton, please visit the Bedfordshire Podiatry Service website.
If you have diabetes and are suffering with foot problems such as foot ulcers (open wounds), infections or pain please speak to your GP to arrange a referral to Podiatry or call the Podiatry service directly on 01908 724766 to discuss your needs.
In Milton Keynes, services are available for early identification of foot problems. Your GP can refer you to the Milton Keynes Podiatry Service who work in conjunction with our specialist Multi-Disciplinary Foot Care Service.
The Milton Keynes Podiatry Service provides assessment, treatment and advice for people with painful and complicated skin, nail or mechanical foot problems including for people with diabetes. Alternatively, there is a self-referral option available. Further information is available on the Milton Keynes Podiatry Service website.