How do I look after my Feet?
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.
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).