What can people with Diabetes do to help their feet and legs?
Posted on 14th February 2018 at 08:55
Self-care of your feet and legs is always important but in people with Diabetes this is absolutely crucial.
The key is to establish a daily routine.
1. Clean and moisturise your feet.
2. Use a mirror or willing family member to check for any cuts, blisters or ingrowing nails and clean and dress these immediately.
3. Wear socks inside out so seams do not rub.
4. Always wear well-fitting footwear and never go barefoot or just in sock soles.
Also, it is important to be aware of the danger signs.
• Pins and needles or tingling in the feet
• Skin drying out or sweating less
• Cuts, blisters or ingrowing toenails
• Changes in colour in all or part of the foot
• Changes in temperature in part of your feet or between feet
• Cramps (day or night) in your legs or feet
• Swelling in part or all of your foot
• Shiny smooth skin and hair loss in the lower part of your leg
• Athletes foot or fungal nails
• Corns and calluses (NEVER use corn plasters as they can cause ulcers)
• Difficulty walking or wearing shoes
• Odours or discharge
If you have any concerns do not hesitate to call your Podiatrist private or NHS immediately or if necessary, call your G.P. or Diabetic nurse. I cannot emphasise the need for speed when treating Diabetic feet. But daily checks should prevent nasty surprises.
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