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Diabetic Foot Care

The importance of diabetic foot care

Foot care is vital for diabetics there is greater risk of foot-related complications. Foot care involves spotting damage to the feet early and seeking treatment as soon as possible and learning how to prevent further damage.

 

When checking your feet, look out for:

  • Cuts
  • Changes in colour
  • Bruising
  • Grazes
  • Hard skin
  • Sores
  • Swelling
  • Ulceration

 

If foot health is not properly taken care of, some diabetic foot complications include:

  • Charcot foot
  • Skin and bone infections (even a small cut or ulcer can lead to much bigger complications including in some cases amputation)
  • Abscess
  • Gangreen
  • Deformities
  • Amputation

 

How to take care of your feet:

 

1.Wash your feet with warm water every day

Wash your feet in warm water every day

 

2.Dry your feet thoroughly 

Dry your feet well

 

3.Moisturise to keep the skin soft but do not moisturise in between the toes

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4. Examine your feet for cuts, bruise and other changes to the feet

examine feet

 

5. Never walk barefoot outdoors

never walk barefoot

 

6. Always wear fresh clean socks and change them regularly

clean socks

 

7. Inspect your shoes before putting them on for stones or anything sharp which may hurt or damage your feet

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8. Keep your feet warm and dry 

warm feet

 

9. Speak to a podiatrist for advice, treatment and damage prevention tips

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