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2498 Looking after your feet

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People who have diabetes are at greater risk of developing problems with their feet. This could be slow to heal wounds, gangrene and even the risk of amputation. And because one of the complications of diabetes is a loss of feeling in your feet, you can damage them without realising it. It is important to say that by looking after your feet you can prevent these serious problems. You should carry out a daily foot check to spot any problems so that they can be treated quickly before they develop into a more serious issue. The best time to inspect your feet is every day when you get dressed. You should wash your feet daily with ordinary soap and water, dry them thoroughly and apply a moisturising cream to all areas, except between your toes, as this could make them too soggy. If you can’t get to your feet or have poor eyesight, ask a relative or carer to help. A mirror placed on the floor in front of you is also helpful. It’s important to check all areas of your foot, including between your toes and around the heels as these are often places where wounds can begin. What are you looking out for? Bleeding or weeping, a blister or discolouration of the toe or part of your foot. You may also spot an open area or sore, or any abnormal hotspots. Cracks around the heel are a common problem, and corns and calluses are signs of pressure on the foot. If you spot any of these, you should contact your GP or podiatrist immediately. And for the time being cover any open wounds or sores with a simple sterile dressing and keep them dry. You may also find signs of athlete’s foot which can cause red, itchy skin in between the toes and on the skin. This must be treated with an over-the-counter anti fungal cream or spray. Having checked your feet, it’s time to check your shoes. The ideal shoe should fit securely with either a lace or a Velcro strap to prevent your foot from sliding around, causing friction and toe pressure. The toe box should be deep and wide enough to accommodate your toes and the sole of the shoe should be flat and cushioned as this will protect your foot if you stand on a sharp object such as a drawing pin. Finally there should be firm support for your heel and ankle. Before you put on your shoes, feel inside whilst holding them upside down. This will allow any foreign objects to fall out and you will be able to feel any sharp objects or spot any areas of wear and tear. Lastly, once you’ve got your shoes and socks on, keep them on. Going barefoot or wearing sandals severely drives the skin and increases the risk of accidental bumps and cuts.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 11, 2015

2498 Looking after your feet

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