Diabetes and caring for your feet

Diabetes and caring for your feet. Diabetes can have a significant effect on the health of your feet but like most things, prevention is the best medicine. Keeping your foot healthy with a careful daily foot care regimen will help prevent some of the risks associated with diabetes.

You should start by having a preparing a kit to help you care for your feet. This foot care kit should contain nail clippers, a nail file, moisturising cream, a pumice stone and hand mirror (for safety, a non-breakable mirror). Storing these things together makes it easier to follow your daily foot care routine.

If followed, these 8 simple tips should help keep your feet safe from harm and healthy:

  1. Wash your feet using soap in warm (it is important that hot water is NOT used). You should avoid soaking your feet, as it may cause your skin to dry out.
  2. Using a pumice stone while your feet are still wet makes it easier to keep callouses under control.
  3. Ensure to dry your feet carefully, taking particular care between your toes.
  4. You should check your feet, taking particular care to check in between each of your toes thoroughly to ensure there are no cuts, scratches, cracks, blisters or ingrown toenails. If you have trouble assessing your feet, you should use your hand mirror to see underneath your feet, or if possible ask someone to check them for you.
  5. Should you find a cut or scratch, cleanse the site using mild soapy water, dry and dress using antiseptic and a bandage/dressing suitable for sensitive skin.
  6. When cutting your toenails you should trim your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges. You should avoid cutting your nails too short to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown nail. Should you have trouble doing this you should consider making an appointment with your podiatrist.
  7. Apply an unscented moisturising lotion to your heels and the sole of your foot, avoiding lotion between your toes as too much moisture in these areas may result in infection. You should also wipe off any excess cream that is not absorbed.
  8. Use fresh, clean socks and footwear that fit well. If you use a white sock and you have a cut etc you will easily be able to check to see if any bleeding has taken place. Where ever possible tight fitting footwear should be avoided as this can cause skin irritation.

So there we have it, 8 simple tips to help you keep you feet healthy and problem free. For further advice regarding foot care and diabetes, visit our website or call/email us for an appointment.