It's about time to put your feet first

this National Diabetes Week 

This National Diabetes Week we’re focusing on the importance of making time for the two hardest working appendages…your feet!

They walk us around all day, squeeze into uncomfortable shoes, take a knock here and there and rarely complain. But for people with diabetes, feet are also often over-looked as the management of other aspects of diabetes takes higher priority. And with 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes, and 50,000 Australians living with diabetic foot disease, it's about time to put our valuable feet first.

let's start with some Facts

Why even focus on feet? Well, where do you think diabetic foot disease ranks in the list of over 3000 health conditions that affect global disability? Top 1000, Top 100? Top 50? The alarming statistic is diabetes-related lower extremity complications now ranks in the Top 10, right up there with depression and lower back pain. When we take it a step further and compare with what most would consider common causes of disability like heart and kidney disease, it highlights how we need to improve these statistics by making time for our feet.

Comparing the global causes of disability

It's about

Making time

for your feet

Did you know that 80% of diabetes-related amputations are preventable with best practice treatment and on-going management? 

Foot care is vital for people with diabetes and fortunately, many foot problems are actually preventable. With daily foot checks and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent foot ulcers and their more serious complications, such as amputation.  By introducing simple steps into your daily routine, the risk of foot problems can reduce significantly.

So download our Daily Foot Care Checklist and take the time to get to know your feet every day.

It's about time

to focus on

your footwear


Protect Your Feet

Wear well-fitting footwear, both indoors and outdoors. This is important as you can easily injure your feet, by stepping on something hard or sharp, without realising (due to loss of sensation).


Wear socks

People with diabetes should always wear socks within their footwear to reduce rubbing. Socks should be made of mostly natural materials, should be seamless and shouldn't have elasticated cuffs.  


Check your shoes

Never store things in your shoes, as injuries can result. Check inside shoes before putting them on, for small pebbles, foreign objects or rough stitching. Also check your feet when you take your shoes off.


Avoid ill-fitting shoes

When shoes don't fit well and are too tight, chafing and blisters may result.  It's important for people with diabetes to wear footwear that fits and protects. Speak to a podiatrist to see if you require specialised insoles or custom-fitted footwear.

It's about time

to chat to your

Health Professional

New research has found that only 5% of Australians aged over 40 have had a type 2 diabetes risk check in the past two years.*

More concerning is over half of people surveyed were unable to name any diabetes related complication despite type 2 diabetes being a leading cause of vision loss, kidney damage, heart attacks, stroke and limb amputation.*

It's important that all people with diabetes undergo at least a yearly foot screening by an appropriately trained registered healthcare professional to determine foot risk status.  If you are unsure of who to talk to about your diabetes and the health of your feet, check with your General Practitioner, Podiatrist, your local community health centre, Diabetes Educator or Nurse.

It's time

to act on

foot changes

Don't wait for the problem to get worse as time is an important factor for foot changes. If you are experiencing any of the following foot problems make an appointment with your health care professional as soon as possible.


You have a current, untreated ulcer or your feet show any sign of injury that becomes red or isn’t healing.



Your feet have noticeable changes in sensitivity (or loss of sensation) or appearance.



You notice pain, swelling, throbbing, temperature changes in the feet (especially heat) or changes to skin colouration.

Are you making time to put your healthiest foot forward?

*Highlighted Statistics courtesy of Diabetes Australia