Looking after foot health is important for everyone, but caring for a diabetic foot requires a little more time and attention. A full team of health care professionals provides the best outcomes – family doctor, certified Pedorthist, Podiatrist, foot health nurse (wound care nurse) and last but most importantly – YOU!

At Paris, we see too many patients with diabetic foot ulcers that could be prevented if precautions were taken to protect their feet.

We want to bring awareness to foot health for people with diabetes when newly diagnosed, so we can prevent diabetic foot complications.

Diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often develop slowly and most commonly affect the nerves of the feet and lower legs. Regularly we hear neuropathy coming on as tingling, burning or numbness below the knee which is regularly worse at night. Pedorthists are concerned with the loss of “protective sensation”, including the sensation of hot & cold, pressure points, irritants causing blisters & callouses, and impaired balance. At Paris, we offer strategies to minimize the likelihood of a diabetic foot complication with footwear & orthotic interventions.

1. Well Fitted Footwear

Avoid walking around barefoot – even in the house. Well fitted, comfortable footwear can protect your feet from environmental factors like the rain or a stubbing your toe on the coffee table. It is best to have your shoes properly fitted by an expert at an experienced footwear store. If you have peripheral neuropathy, it is especially important to have someone check the fit of your shoes for you. A proper shoe should have minimal seams in the toe-box and holds your heel snug in place. Shoes that are too wide or too narrow can cause irritations to your foot. Instead of slip-on shoes, choose a shoe that has an adjustable closure, like laces or Velcro, to accommodate for swelling throughout the day. Always check the inside of the shoe for foreign objects that could hurt you before placing your foot in. And white socks are a must!

2.Why White Socks?

If there are concerns with diabetic peripheral neuropathy and there is a loss of protective sensation, a white sock will notify you quickly if there is a concern. Discharge from a sore, new blood or dried blood will show up clearly on a white sock once you take it off but can be difficult to see on a black or coloured sock. If you notice discolouration on your sock then take a closer look at your feet. Daily checkups become quicker and easier when wearing white socks.

3.Daily Check Ups

If you have enough flexibility to see the bottom of each of your bare feet and in-between all the toes, a quick daily check should be easy. If you don’t have enough flexibility to see the bottom of your foot, you can place a mirror on the ground to check for any abnormalities or ask someone to help. Look for redness, swelling, cuts, blisters and any other abnormalities. If you do see something out of the ordinary, seek help from your foot health professional or your family doctor.

If you would like more information or a consultation with one of our Pedorthists, please book an appointment.