Diabetic Foot Care Advice

The aim of this blog is to help members of the public to understand their feet better. However the information on this blog should never be regarded as medical advice. Readers with foot problems are strongly encouraged to visit their GP if not the podiatrist for further medical assessment and treatment.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Proper Foot Care

Proper foot care can prevent some foot health problems. Here are some tips to follow to help ensure that your feet remain healthy.

1. Wash your feet daily with soap and water. If dirt is left on the skin of the feet for too long, it can cause irritation and inflammation.
2. Cut toe nails straight across. Do not cut toe nails too short, especially along the sides of the nails. Cutting nails improperly can lead to ingrown toe nails.
3. If dry skin is a concern, apply foot cream to the feet after washing them.
4. Periodically remove hardened skin with a pumice stone or foot file. People often find this easiest to do immediately after washing the feet.
5. Only wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that are too small or too narrow can cause foot problems like corns and blisters. Shop for shoes in the afternoon since feet tend to swell during the day. New shoes should be bought so that they fit both feet comfortably in the afternoon or evening.
6. Change socks at least daily.
7. Wear sandals or flip-flops in public showers and locker rooms.
8. Do not wear pointy-toed shoes or high heels for extended periods of time.
9. Do not attempt to cut off corns or bunions yourself. Seek medical attention to treat these foot problems. Cutting your feet can make them prone to infection.
10. Treat foot problems promptly to prevent the condition from worsening or causing permanent damage.
11. Never share socks or shoes with other people.
12. Wear shoes that are conducive to foot health. They should be supportive and have a wide toe box.

Taking care of your feet daily can help prevent painful conditions from developing. Changes in your feet should be reported to your doctor. Certain conditions, such as fallen arches and bunions, can develop in adulthood and require a physician’s care. Children should be taught basic foot hygiene to encourage continuing foot health.


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