How to care for your feet, if you have Diabetes
Diabetes can really be a red flag when it comes to foot care! Even the smallest cut can result in serious consequences! Diabetes can cause nerve damage and take away the feeling in your feet, make injuries harder to heal and infections harder to fight.
Because of these problems, you may not notice if you were to step on something sharp, if a foreign object got stuck in your shoe, or worse, in your foot! You could then develop a blister or a sore, infection or non healing wound and put you at risk of an amputation. Scary huh?!
I have put together some guidelines for you to follow, to help you avoid some serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot or leg!
Inspect and check...
- Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or any nail problems. If you can't see your feet close up then ask a family member to inspect for you, or use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your Foot Health Professional (that's me!) if you notice anything that shouldn't be there!
- Keep your feet clean by washing them in lukewarm water, never hot water as you may scald them - use the temperature you would use for a newborn baby! Use a soft flannel or sponge and dry them by blotting or patting, take extra care between your toes!
- Use a good moisturiser every day to keep dry skin from flaking, itching or cracking. Don't moisturise in between your toes as that could encourage a fungal infection.
- It is much safer to seek out a Foot Care Professional that will be able to cut your toenails and remove any callus or corns. If you do cut your own toenails, cut straight across and file the edges. Don't cut too short, we don't want any ingrown toenails!