Rule No. 1 of diabetes foot care
- Get to know your feet. Inspect your feet daily from toenails to heel, and treat any abnormalities you find, such as dryness, cuts, sores and calluses.
- If a wound is oozing, inflamed or painful, seek medical attention — it could be infected.
- Infections can develop in cracked skin, so it is important to moisturise your feet. Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water. Towel thoroughly but gently after bathing and apply lotion regularly; avoid moisturising between the toes.
- Clip carefully. Trim your toenails in a straight line and file jagged edges • Check for pebbles or other debris in your shoes before putting them on.
- Forget going barefoot — comfortable, properly fitted shoes and socks should protect your feet at all times.
KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE FEET IS A CRUCIAL PART OF DIABETES SELF-CARE.
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