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Diabetic Foot Care

November 28, 2016

How do I look after my Feet?

 

 

Key Points:

  • See your Podiatrist for a foot check at least yearly.

  • Check your feet daily

 

 

 

General Health:

  • Eat and drink a healthy, balanced diet, see a dietitian for help with your diet.

  • Regular exercise - 30mins of moderate-intensity physical activity every day (eg 1 x 30, 2 x 15 or 3 x 10mins).

  • Reduce or cease smoking.

  • Reduce or cease alcohol intake.

  • Reduce high blood pressure through lifestyle change and or medication prescribed by your GP.

  • Reduce high cholesterol through lifestyle change and or medication prescribed by your GP.

  • Reduce high blood glucose (sugar) levels through lifestyle change and or medication prescribed by your GP.

 

Foot Health:

  • See your Podiatrist for a diabetic foot check at least yearly.

  • See your Podiatrist or GP as soon as possible if you have any foot problems.

  • Check feet every day for cuts, scratches or change from the previous day.

  • Check your feet daily (top, bottom, between toes and back of heel), a mirror may help see the bottom of your feet.

  • Dry wet skin between your toes.

  • Use a moisturising cream on dry skin, try sorbolene or a cream with 10% urea daily.

  • Always have a basic first aid kit at home for minor cuts.

  • Always see your Podiatrist for the treatment of hard skin (corns and callous) and nail problems (ingrown, curved, thick or infected nails).

  • Always wear protective closed in footwear outside the house.

  • Always wear footwear that at least protects the sole of your feet in the house.

  • Check inside your footwear for any source of pressure or irritation before wearing.

  • Avoid socks or stockings which are tight on your legs (leave a mark when removed).

 

 

 

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