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Foot Care In Diabetes

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumaticlower limb amputations.

Having a good blood sugar control can help reduce the progression of nerve damage in your feet.

To do in diabetic foot care

  • Inspect your feet daily including the bottoms for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems.
  • Wash your feet in lukewarm water.
  • Be gentle when bathing your feet.
  • Regularly moisturize your feet to prevent itching or cracking.
  • Cut nails along the shape of it and file the corners. Don’t cut them too short.
  • Shake out your shoes and feel for objects inside before wearing; you may not feel a small foreign object when your shoe is on your foot.
  • Keep feet warm and clean.
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels as poorly controlled blood sugars can lead to nerve damage and loss of sensation in your feet.
  • Use MCR/ MCP foot wear which have soft soles.
  • Make sure to have a comprehensive foot examination with a doctor every year.

Don’ts in diabetic foot care

  • Never try to remove corns or calluses on your own.
  • Don’t put your feet in hot water – test with your hand first.
  • Never using heating pads or hot water bottles – you can easily burn your feet without noticing .
  • Avoid wearing thick or tight socks.
  • Avoid moisture in between the toes.
  • Don’t use adhesive tapes on your feet.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Never walk bare foot – even at home because you can easily get a scratch or a cut.

Diabetic foot risk assessments and care could reduce foot complications and amputations by up to 85%.