People with diabetes have a much greater risk of developing problems with their feet. Raised blood sugars can cause problems with sensation and circulation.
We encourage you to keep an eye on your feet and make sure that you get them professionally checked at least once a year.
10 Top Tips for Healthy Feet
1. Always attend your annual diabetic foot review
where your foot health will be assessed by an appropriately trained person.
2. Are you at risk?
By the end of your annual foot assessment, you should have been told of any developing foot issues and whether you will be referred.
3. Have your feet been assessed as increased or high risk?
If they are, ensure you are referred to a specialist for appropriate, expert advice.
4. Check your feet every day
Look for signs of redness, pain, damage to skin, swelling or build up of callous and any changes in the shape of your feet.
5. Check for loss of sensation
Avoid extremes of temperature or walking barefoot if you suspect you have lost feeling in any part of your feet.
6. Touch the toes test
It is important to test the feeling in your toes by asking a friend or family member to do this quick, easy test at home.
7. Care for your toenails
Don't cut down the side as it could lead to an ingrown nail. Don't cut too short and if in doubt, see a registered podiatrist (chiropodist) for expert advice.
8. Don't use blades or corn plasters
These may damage your skin or cause more serious injury.
9. Make sure your shoes are well-fitting
This will protect and support your feet and socks should always be worn, where possible.
10. Maintain good glucose control
This can prevent future foot problems by keeping blood vessels and nerves, in the feet, healthy.
Golden tips from Maidenhead Podiatry to keep your feet sweet in the hot weather.
Watch out for foot infections – the floors of communal showers and changing rooms at open-air and hotel swimming pools are hot spots for infections such as athlete’s foot and verrucas.
Don’t wander around public pools barefoot. Protect your feet by wearing flip-flops in the changing room and at the pool edge.
If your feet smell, wash them using an antibacterial soap. (If this doesn’t work – see the chiropodist/podiatrist). You can spray your feet with an anti-perspirant deodorant – the type used for arm pits.
If you have sweaty feet in the summer, it’s even more important to wash your feet each morning and evening in warm, soapy water then dry them thoroughly. You can also use an antibacterial wash, which helps deal with foot odour. Wipe them with cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit and dust them with talc.
Nylon tights don’t absorb any sweat at all, so enclosed shoes on the shop floor can be very hot and uncomfortable.
If you wear trousers, it's best to use socks with shoes.
If you wear skirts, sandals with a back strap and strap over the instep are the most comfortable option.
If you use talcum powder, shake off all excess otherwise it ends up as soggy clumps between the toes and makes matters worse! ...