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Patients living with

Diabetes is a dysfunction in the blood sugar control system. There are several forms of diabetes: type 1 (juvenile diabetes), type 2 (adult-onset diabetes) and gestational diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is the most common. It accounts for nearly 80% of diabetes cases and is associated with other cardiovascular and neurosensitivity risk factors. People living with this condition are at greater risk of complications since diabetes impairs blood circulation and decreases the ability to fight infections.




People living with diabetes can also suffer from several foot problems: corns and calluses, fungal or thick nails, sores, numbness, electric shock sensations and loss of sensation. For this reason, people with diabetes should examine their feet regularly and see a podiatrist if any changes are noticed. In addition, when blood sugar levels are not controlled, damage to blood vessels and nerves can occur. This can lead to a loss of sensitivity of the feet to cold, heat or a general loss of sensitivity. Since sensitivity decreases, the diabetic person may injure himself without feeling the injury caused and develop an infection that will take time to heal or cause destruction of the affected tissue. In the event of a wound, it is therefore very important to consult a podiatrist quickly to avoid infection and obtain rapid healing.


Regular podiatric care is therefore recommended for diabetic patients who have difficulty cutting their nails and removing calluses and corns. Otherwise, an appointment every six months with a podiatrist is recommended to check the health of the feet (skin, nails, joints) and the vascular and nervous structures.




In case of diabetes

Inspect the top and bottom of the feet and between the toes regularly, with a mirror if necessary

Keep skin well moisturized with a moisturizing cream/foam applied daily

Wear proper footwear; appropriate length, width and depth

Wear white socks, especially if one has a diabetic neuropathy, so blood from an injury will be visible in the stocking

Avoid cutting your nails too short

Avoid having wet feet. Dry them well after showering, bathing or swimming

Avoid walking barefoot

Consult one of our podiatrists at the Clinique de Podiatrie Montarville

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