Caring For Diabetic Feet
Diabetes affects about one-quarter of our population. We have about 200 amputations a year. If you are diabetic you need to take your feet seriously. Healthy feet mean that you are aware of what is good and bad about your feet all the time.
On a daily basis:
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and dry between your toes carefully.
- Apply a small amount of cream to the feet after drying carefully if the feet are a bit dry. DO NOT USE CREAM BETWEEN THE TOES.
- Cut toenails with a toenail clip (not with knives, razors, scalpels etc.)
Diabetic foot care – DO’s
Examine feet daily, if you have poor eyesight have a relative or friend examine them for you.
- Things to look out for include:
- Cuts, blisters, scratches and discolorations, (swelling, warm and red).
- A Registered Podiatrist should treat all corns and calluses.
- Inspect your shoes and socks daily for objects that may not be felt by the feet due to the loss of feeling in your feet (neuropathy).
- Select fitted, seamless socks and do not wear mended socks or hosiery.
- Exercise every day for approximately 30 mins. This helps with circulation in your feet.
- Keep your diabetes under control at all times, it is a sure way to avoid complications or and delay the onset.
- Consult with a Podiatrist for assistance with any of the above.
Neglect of a diabetic foot problem can lead to severe complications.