Holistic health management by the experts in Exeter
Diabetes can cause a number of issues in the feet and if proper foot care and checks are not conducted a variety of complications can occur. ExeterClinic offers expert advice on holistic health management and diabetic foot care. Read on and find out more about how you can take care of your feet.
Diabetic foot care
Take a look at various diabetic foot care and general foot care tips provided by our experts. However, you should always consult a qualified podiatrist for more specific information and help.
Infection in the feet can cause a number of problems for diabetic patients or people suffering from foot neuropathy
At the first sign of an infection a doctor or podiatrist should be consulted
The doctor or podiatrist should be informed about your diabetic condition or if you have neuropathy
It is important to wash and dry your feet and toes carefully, especially between the toes. Make sure your feet are dried properly
Inspect your feet and toes on a daily basis to check for cuts, blisters or injuries. Use a mirror to see the difficult areas or ask a family member to help you
Wear socks if your feet feel cold at night. Avoid hot water bottles and heating pads
Avoid extreme temperatures on your feet. Check bath water with your elbow; avoid foot spas and therapeutic foot baths
Inspect your feet for foreign objects that could damage your feet
Change your socks daily and use properly fitting socks
Make sure all your shoes are comfortable at the time purchase. Always have shoes fitted in the afternoon, as your feet tend to swell later in the day.
Avoid wearing shoes with socks or stockings
Never walk barefoot to avoid injuries to the feet
Do not use chemical agents to remove corns, calluses or ingrown toenails by yourself, see a podiatrist for help
Avoid smoking as it could damage the circulation to the feet
It is advisable for you to get a biomechanical assessment
done to check the pressure distribution in the feet and identify high risk areas to prevent problems from occurring in the future. Get in touch
with us today to book an appointment or talk to a podiatrist for help.
Call Exeter Clinic for diabetic foot care advices in Exeter. Or fill in our online booking form for an appointment.