These foot care tips are a reminder from your Chiropodist on a good daily routine if you have diabetes or peripheral neuropathy. If you have Diabetes and have never had a diabetic foot screening it is important to do so in order to establish a baseline of foot health and any risk factors for ulceration. After the initial diabetic foot screening your foot care specialist will establish with you if, and how often you should return for a follow-up. Our Chiropodist at Oakville’s Palermo Physio and Wellness Foot Clinic has a passion for foot care and health. At each visit she provides thorough and complete assessment and care.
At Home Diabetic Foot Care Tips:
- Wash Your Feet
- Dry your feet- specifically in-between the toes (if you have difficulty with this or reaching your feet, your Chiropodist can show you some tools and tricks that would better suit you)
- Inspect your feet- Use a mirror on the floor if you can not see the bottom
- Moisturize feet– on the bottom and on the top NEVER in between the toes
- Trim your toenails– cut nails straight across and do not cut in to the corners. This helps avoid ingrown toenails or having a toenail cut its neighboring toe. If you have sensory issues (neuropathy) it is important to have your Chiropodist help you with this.
- Choose appropriate socks– choose socks with no elastics or seams to avoid pressure points
- Choose appropriate shoes/ footwear – your shoes should fit properly (not too tight or loose) and have proper support to avoid pressure points underneath. Custom Orthotics can also assist in keeping you feet healthy.
The DO’s and DON’T’s of Diabetic foot care:
- Get a Diabetic foot screening from a Chiropodist to assess your risk for ulcers
- Check your blood sugar levels many times daily
- Wear well fitted shoes
- Wear diabetic socks (seam and elastic free)
- Wear socks at night if feet are cold
- Elevate your feet while sitting
- Wiggle your toes and move your ankles throughout the day
- Exercise regularly
- Inspect your feet daily – look on the bottoms and between your toes. Use a mirror to help!
- Check your bath temperature with elbow to ensure proper temperature
- See your Chiropodist if you need any help taking care of your feet. If you have sores, areas or pain or signs of infection please don’t wait to book an appointment to get your feet checked.
- Wear high heels, pointed shoes, open toe sandals, or worn out shoes
- Wear anything tight around your legs
- Never go barefoot
- Avoid hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet
- Don’t cross your legs
- Treat your own corns/ callus/ thickened nails
- Pedicures by non-health care professionals.
If you have any questions or concerns about what you have been doing at home for your normal foot care routine, our Oakville Chiropodist (Foot Care Specialist) Arien would be happy to assess your feet and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
Call (905) 582-9700 to book.