If you have diabetes taking care of your feet is imperative. For sufferers, there is a higher risk you will develop foot problems like diabetic feet due to poor blood circulation. For example, injury to the foot with limited blood flow prevents proper healing. If left untreated (even if it is a very minor problem), diabetic sufferers could end up with serious complications such as neuropathy or much worse, amputation. The conditions you should never ignore as a diabetic are:
During the times between having regular check-ups with your clinician, we have expert advice on what to do to maintain healthy feet, for both diabetics and non-diabetics. These include:
- Keep your feet clean and dry (particularly between the toes).
- Inspect your feet weekly (for diabetics daily, focusing on any open wounds, cuts and sores).
- Maintain excellent hygiene, ensuring every part of your feet are washed with soap and dried thoroughly.
- Apply moisturiser before bed.
- Cut your toenails (in a straight line to avoid ingrown toenails) frequently.
- Wear fitted and comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels where possible.
- Never ignore a foot problem, no matter how minor it may seem. Contact our medical experts promptly.