Looking after my feet
Looking after your feet when you have diabetes is very important. Foot problems are a common complication of diabetes.
- Diabetes can reduce blood circulation and damage the nerves to the feet. You may also lose some feeling in your feet due to nerve damage. When the nerve is damaged, you may not realise minor cuts or blisters on the feet, which can lead to ulcers.
- Ask your doctor to examine your feet regularly for any evidence of nerve damage or poor circulation.
- Foot problems can be avoided if you take care of your feet and act quickly if you notice a problem.
- Get your feet checked at least once a year by a doctor or podiatrist to detect problems early and help prevent complications.
See your doctor if:
- you develop pain, throbbing, heat, swelling or discoloration in your feet
- a cut or injury becomes red or does not heal.
Call the NDSS Infoline 1300 136 588 – to get advice on diabetes self management and learn more about the National Diabetes Service Scheme. This scheme is a valuable source of information and support and can assist with access to glucose testing strips and other essential items.
There are many fact sheets available on the web to learn more about how to look after your feet:
How diabetes can affect your feet
Looking after your feet
Foot care for people with diabetes
Podiatrists are health professionals who treat foot and lower limb problems.
To find a podiatrist close to you, use the search tool to the right of the screen
Some hospitals also provide podiatry services:
High Risk Foot Clinic Liverpool requires a referral from your general practitioner or medical officer.
Ph: 8738 8296
How to seek help from High Risk Foot Clinic (HRFC)
- You require a current referral from a Medical Officer or GP
- Urgent referrals may be faxed to the High Risk Foot Clinic (F: 8738 8297)
- Telephone for appointment from Outpatients and discussed pathology with the hospital staff member to ascertain the urgency of your case
- Bring a list of current medications and any x-rays or scans that have been performed
- Most commonly used footwear should be worn to appointment
Bankstown Hospital Podiatry Services
Diabetes Centre Ph: 9722 8360
Podiatry Department Ph: 9722 7768
Fairfield Hospital Podiatry Services
Ph: 9616 8469
Macarthur Podiatry Services
Ph: 4634 3777
The Macarthur Podiatry Service is for residents living in : Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Council areas