FOOT CARE

As a diabetic, foot care is of the utmost importance. Poor circulation in the feet and legs is one of the problems facing diabetics, and is characterised by leg pain and leg cramps. If this is not attended to, the result can be chronic ulcers, numbness and in severe cases gangrene, which can necessitate amputation of the affected limb.

  • Exercise is important to enhance circulation
  • If possible raise your feet when you are sitting down
  • Check your feet every day for swelling, abrasions, red spots
  • Check your feet for 'cold areas' (a sign of poor circulation)
  • Check your feet for 'hot areas' (a sign of infection)
  • Make sure your "foot hygiene" is of a high standard
  • Dry your feet well after bathing, showering or swimming
  • Apply a good natural cream to the feet every day
  • Wear comfortable shoes that do not pinch the feet or toes
  • Keep toenails trimmed and file sharp edges
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