The importance of foot care in diabetes.
Your feet are one of the most vulnerable parts of the body but sadly neglected which is a serious problem if you are diabetic. Get into the habit of checking your feet daily, checking for any cuts or abrasions. If you notice any cuts, blisters or broken skin on your feet apply a sterile dressing and make an appointment to see a podiatrist.
- Check foot wear daily.
- Wash and dry your feet daily and especially cream the heel areas.
- Wear clean socks / stockings every day ensuring there are no holes in them.
- Wear socks / stockings inside out if the seams are prominent.
- Wear white sock especially if you suffer from neuropathy. (in case of a bleed on your feet; you will be able to see it on white socks)
- Ensure you have regular diabetic screenings annually.
The clinic offers a Diabetic Foot Assessment. We specialise in examining and assessing vascular and neurological status.
- Manage and maintain sugar levels, poorly controlled diabetics are much more likely to develop serious foot complications.
- Shoes. Choose a pair made with soft leather uppers and check that the lining is smooth. Make sure that the shoe is wide enough, deep enough and long enough. Avoid high heels. If you have insoles check there is room for them in the shoe before you make a purchase. Try to get a pair with some form of fastening such as Laces, T-bar or Velcro and avoid slip on or court shoe styles.
DO NOT USE CORN PLASTERS.
If you are unsure of anything then please call and visit a Podiatrist.