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Foot Care

Date: 18 May 2009

Foot problems in diabetics :

  • Poor blood circulation
  • Skin infection 

 DO

  • Wash your feet daily with a mild soap and dry well with a soft towel
  • Examine your feet daily, especially between the toes for :
    • Blisters, sores, cuts, cracks or swellings (treat immediately)
    • Redness
    • Changes in temperature (your feet should feel warm)
  • Apply vaselin cream or a lotion on dry skin
  • Wear cotton socks/stockings and change them daily
  • Check the inside of your shoes before putting them on - make sure that there are no small objects like pebbles or sand
  • Trim toe nails straight across and not too short  

DO NOT

  • Never walk bare-footed - always wear proper-fitting shoes
  • Do not sit cross-legged for too long. If your job requires you to sit for a long period of time (e.g. transport drivers, production operators) - STOP from time to time and exercise your feet to improve circulation (walk, swing your feet and wriggle your toes) 
 


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