Diabetic Foot Care
- Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, bruises or colour changes, swellings, in grown toenails and open sores.
- Always protect your feet. Wear suitable footware, inside or outside your home to avoid injuring your feet.
- Check inside your shoes for stones, sharp object and rough places before putting them on.
- Buy new shoes late in the day This is because your feet become more swollen at the end of the day and you can be sure that your shoes are not too tight and fit well.
- Wearing socks can help prevent injury.
- Always wash your feet with soap and water.
- Dry your feet carefully especially between the toes.
- Cut Toenails straight across and file any sharp edges.
- Have your feet checked periodically by a healthcare professional.
- Keep wounds covered with clean dressings.
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- Don't walk barefoot inside or outside.
- Don't wear tight shoes or shoes with rough edges and uneven seams.
- Don't wear pointy- toe shoes, high heels, heels stilettos or shoes that have straps with no back support.
- Don't wear tight or knee-high socks.
- Don't use water that is too hot to warm your feet.
- Don't let your feet get dry and cracked.
- Don't use a heater or hot water bottle to warm yourr feet.
- Don't try to treat your own feet with corn medicines or razor blades. Always seek help form a healthcare professional.
- Don't smoke or use tobacco products. Smoking damages the blood supply to the feet.
- Don't wear jewellery on your feet.