What should I be doing?
Wash feet daily with a non-medicated soap gentle enough for a baby’s skin. Pat feet dry with soft absorbent cloth. Dry carefully between toes with cotton. Cut your toenails very carefully straight across, avoiding cutting them too short or cutting into corners. If you cannot trim them safely see your foot care nurse. Wear only proper fitting shoes. Inspect or have someone check at your feet daily to see if there are discolorations of any kind. Wear socks that are a microfiber that keeps away moisture and do not have seams that can irritate the skin. If your feet or toes have blisters, cracks, a sore, discoloration or any unusual mark, contact your foot care provider, even if it does not hurt or itch. Visit Foot Care Matters as soon as you find out that you are a diabetic, as I will examine your feet and tell you how often you should visit the office to prevent foot problems, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
What should I avoid doing?
Do not use any medication, drug, antiseptic or plaster on your feet that have not been prescribed. Do not apply hot water bags, heating pads or other heating devices to your feet. Do not cut any hard skin, corns or calluses that you may have on your feet. Do not wear shoes or socks that are too tight or too loose. Avoid any risk of injuries to feet. Do not smoke cigarettes -they can rob your feet of the circulation of blood they need. Do not cut your toenails if you can not see well.
Diabetic Foot Care
Foot problems are very common in people with diabetes and can lead to serious complications. Learn the basic information about proper foot care for diabetes. What you can do to keep your feet healthy.
At Foot Care Matters I offer a fast, accurate and quantitative test for peripheral neuropathies such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.