We encourage you to make sure you check your feet properly every day so that any problems or breaks in the skin can be dealt with quickly by contacting your local Podiatrist.
A foot injury or ulceration of a person who has underlying medical conditions needs attention as soon as possible. The injury may start as a small blister or cut but can quickly develop into an ulcer or result in amputation. You may not have felt the injury happen because you have lost some of the feelings in your feet, known as neuropathy.
Managing your diabetes and looking after your feet can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing foot problems. Your local Podiatrist can support and advise you about foot health care.
Most foot complaints in children are not as a complication of their diabetes; people with diabetes under 18 years of age are seen in the NHS Fife Podiatry Children and Young Peoples Service.
- Is your foot red, warm and / or swollen?
- Is there a break in the skin or any discharge or oozing?
- Do you have any of the above and feel unwell with flu-like symptoms or shivering?
If you have nerve damage you may not feel any pain or discomfort even if a wound is present, so it is vital to check your feet every day. If you notice any of these signs please contact your local podiatry clinic or diabetes specialist podiatrist.
If you regularly attend a podiatrist but discover blisters, breaks in the skin, pain or any signs of infection (swelling, heat or redness) between visits, contact your local Podiatry clinic as soon as you identify the problem so that you can get advice.
If you don’t regularly have treatment, a podiatry self referral form can be completed.
Podiatry TV clinics
Carnegie unit, Queen Margaret Hospital: 01383 627088
Cowdenbeath Clinic: 01383 511111
Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital: 01592 712427
Glenwood Health Centre: 01592 765034
Diabetes Centre, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy: 01592 643355 Ext. 28360
St Andrews Community Hospital: 01334 465782
If they are not available, go to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember, any delay in getting advice or treatment when you have a problem can lead to serious problems.
You can contact your nearest out-of-hours healthcare service, local A&E or minor injuries department over the weekend, and on public holidays.