Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

In addition to regular Podiatry assessment and treatment, you can do these simple things at home to take care of your feet.

  • Never walk barefoot.
  • Know your feet well and check them daily. Use a mirror or ask someone to check them for you.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily. Don’t forget the soles of your feet and in between your toes.
  • Check for redness, heat, swelling, cuts, ingrown toenails, sores, splinters and blisters.
  • Cut your toenails straight across carefully with good quality nail nippers and file afterwards.
  • Moisturise your feet daily but avoid moisturising in between your toes.
  • Have any corns and callouses treated by a podiatrist. Never use over-the-counter corn pads or razor blades.
  • Use seamless cotton socks or stockings and don’t wear them too tight.
  • Protect your feet in appropriately fitted, supportive shoes. Check the inside of the shoes for foreign objects before you put them on.
  • Keep your feet away from direct heat including heaters, hot water bottles, scalding hot showers/baths and electric blankets.
  • Enjoy exercise and try to be generally active while taking care to prevent injury.