It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here's how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help.
Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as peripheral neuropathy . This can mean foot injuries do not heal well, and you may not notice if your foot is sore or injured.
"The risk of complications can be greatly reduced if you're able to bring your blood sugar levels under control," says foot specialist Mike O'Neill.
"Ensure that your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are also monitored and controlled with medication if needed."
If you have diabetes, it's important to try to stop smoking. Smoking impairs the blood circulation, particularly in people with diabetes. It can seriously worsen foot and leg problems.
Read more about how the NHS can help you to stop smoking.
Seek treatment from your doctor or podiatrist if blisters or injuries do not heal quickly.
You should see your doctor urgently if:
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists has more information on diabetes and footcare (PDF, 1.3Mb).
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.