By following these guidelines, you can greatly reduce your risk for serious foot problems.
- Wash feet daily
- Blot dry, always dry in between your toes
- Use lotion for dry skin
- Choose white cotton or wool socks
- If your feet sweat use powder to prevent Athlete’s Foot
- Do not try to cut your own toenails
- Diabetic Shoes with inserts are essential in preventing issues if you have sensation loss
- Shoes should be fitted later in the day to account for swelling
- New shoes should only be worn for a short period of time with periodic foot checks
- Find out more about South Hills Foot and Ankle’s Custom Diabetic Shoe Program.
- Check your feet or have a family member check your feet every day. Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times, especially in the house.
- If you notice any new lesion, redness, or swelling call the office immediately, do not wait!
- Never cut a corn with a knife or razor
- Do not use chemical corn removers
- Do not soak your feet unless otherwise advised by your doctor. Burns are common in patients with diabetes due to sensation loss in the feet.
- Blisters should be check immediately, call the office if any are noticed.
- Don’t use heating pads on the feet or legs
- Don’t smoke this greatly decreases the amount of blood flow to your feet
- If you have any abnormal sensations or burning in your feet, notify the office immediately and make an appointment.
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