Millions of people are affected by diabetes, including celebrities like Sir Steve Redgrave, Alexandra Burke and Eammon Holmes to name a few. Below are some tips for monitoring diabetic feet which will help you avoid developing any further complications.
As an individual with diabetes you are the best person to take care of your feet. If you suffer with type 1 or 2 diabetes, it is extremely important to check them on a daily basis to make sure the skin, and your feet look healthy. Nerve damage might make it harder to feel a problem, so seeing is believing.
It is advisable to check every part of your feet, this also includes the ankles and between your toes. If you find this difficult then use a mirror or magnifying glass or ask someone to help you who will see your feet on a daily basis. Whilst checking your feet it is important that once a month trim your nails (straight across) and file them with a foot file/pumice once a week. It is also important to put a good quality moisturising cream on them daily; avoiding between the toes.
Whilst inspecting your feet you will be noting any abnormalities and you should also be protecting them from harm. It is especially important as a diabetic to wear socks, shoes or slippers on your feet whenever you are walking somewhere. The reason being is that you could step on something sharp even around the house and not notice it as you may have signs of diabetic neuropathy. It is important that your footwear is comfortable and you have plenty of wiggle room for your toes, and change your socks/hosiery daily or more often if they get sweaty throughout the day.
Finally, it is worth having your feet checked on a regular basis by a professional and qualified foot health professional who will be able to carry out a full diabetic assessment of your feet and footwear. Regular Foot Healthcare treatment from We Fix Feet will help maintain your health and mobility.