How to look after my feet?

feet

Diabetes UK recommends checking your feet everyday for:

  • any areas of hard skin (calluses)
  • any changes in colour or breaks in the skinou should use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet, or get someone else to check the for you.

The general advice on footcare is:

Wash:

Wash your feet everyday, using soap and warm water, it is important that you check the temperature of the water with your hand, before you put your feet in.  Then dry your feet carefully with a clean towel, paying special attention to dry areas in between the toes. You should avoid soaking your feet as this makes them soggy and then dry, which could cause more damage.

Skin:

  • Keep your skin healthy by using an emollient cream, you can discuss with your healthcare professional which cream is best for you.
  • Avoid putting the cream between your toes as this makes the area moist and can cause fungal infection.
  • Use a pumice stone or foot file on your feet before bathing - use with care avoid metal files.

Nails:

You should cut your nails following the natural curvature of the end of your toes, every 6-8 weeks. It is best to trim your toenails with clippers and then round off any sharp edges with an emery board. Do not cut your toenails too short or down the sides. If you feel you are unable to cut your toenails or cannot reach them, visit your GP for a referral to Bexley's low risk podiatry service.

shoessmall

Footwear:

Your choice of footwear is also very important, it is not necessary buy special shoes but be aware of:

  • shoes that do not fit correctly, even if they feel comfortable, can cause any one of the following problems; corns, calluses, blister, ulcers and even ingrowing toe nails.
  • If you have neuropathy you should also be more aware how important a well fitting shoe is.
  • When buying your shoes you should ensure they are:
    • broad fitting
    • have a deep and rounded toe area
    • are flat or low heeled
    • are fastend by a lace or buckle at the back to stop the foot slipping forward and crushing the toes.

Avoid tight socks with elasticated top, as this can cause blisters and ulcers.

Always check the inside of your shoes before putting them on, you don't know what may have fallen inside.

Block A Level One, Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LT Diabetes Queries: 020 8269 3419