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Foot Care for Numb Feet

Foot Care for Peripheral Neuropathy (numb feet)

Updated: October 2020

Key Points:

  • Your nerves send messages from your feet to your brain

  • Peripheral neuropathy is when your nerves don't work properly making your feet feel numb

  • Feeling and pain protect your feet from injury

  • Peripheral neuropathy increases the risk of injuring your feet

Are you able to perform a daily foot inspection? If not, discuss who can assist you with this task.

  • Perform daily foot inspection (whole foot: top, bottom, heel, toes), including areas between the toes

  • Notify Inform Podiatry or your GP as soon as possible if foot temperature is markedly increased, or if a blister, cut, scratch or ulcer has developed

  • Avoid walking barefoot, in socks without footwear, or in thin-soled standard slippers, whether at home or outside

  • Do not wear shoes that are too tight, have rough edges or uneven seams

  • Inspect and feel inside all shoes before you put them on

  • Wear socks/stocking without seams (or with the seams inside out), do not wear tight or knee-high socks, and change socks daily

  • Wash feet daily (with water temperature always below 37°C), and dry them carefully, especially between the toes

  • Do not use any kind of heater or a hot-water bottle to warm feet

  • Do not use chemical agents or plasters to remove corns or calluses; see Inform Podiatry for these problems

  • Use emollients to lubricate dry skin, but not between the toes (Sorbolene, Vitamin E, creams with urea such as DermaDrate)

  • Have your feet examined regularly by Inform Podiatry

Information Sources:

Bakker K, Apelqvist J, Lipsky BA, Van Netten JJ, Schaper NC, International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). The 2015 IWGDF guidance documents on prevention and management of foot problems in diabetes: development of an evidence‐based global consensus. Diabetes/metabolism research and reviews. 2016 Jan;32:2-6.

Which treatment is best for me? Researchers test different treatment options to see how successful they are. These tests are called randomised controlled trials (RCT). Researchers also group together similar RCTs to compare the grouped test results. These grouped test results are called systematic reviews (SR). The results from RCTs and SRs are published in peer reviewed medical journals. Inform Podiatry uses these published results and our 25 years of clinical experience to provide you with up to date, evidence based, assessment, diagnosis and treatment options.

Disclaimer: This sheet was researched and developed by Inform Podiatry to provide general information. Inform Podiatry encourages everyone to receive an individual assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan for their foot or ankle pain.

Do you know someone with foot or ankle pain?

I would love to help them.

Inform Podiatry

Phone: 1300 602 674

Fax: 07 3041 0346

52 Isedale St Wooloowin QLD 4030

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