Holistic foot health management by the experts in Exeter
- 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
- 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.
- Inspect your feet for foreign objects that could damage your feet.
- Never walk barefoot to avoid injuries to the feet.
- Your doctor or podiatrist should be informed about your diabetic condition or if you have a peripheral neuropathy (poor sensation).
- Do not use chemical agents to remove corns, calluses or ingrown toenails by yourself, see a podiatrist for help.
- 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.
- Avoid wearing shoes without socks or stockings.
- Change your socks daily and use properly fitting socks.
- Make sure all your shoes are comfortable at the time of purchase. Always have shoes fitted in the afternoon, as your feet tend to swell later in the day.
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