Hi, I’m Kathleen from Sole Science and I’m going to talk briefly of the three key components for diabetic foot care. For diabetic patients, daily foot care is extremely important. There are three key components to taking care of your feet every day.
First is daily inspection and washing of your feet. Take extra care to specifically wash and dry your feet on a daily basis. If you’re unable to see the bottoms of your feet, use a small mirror on the edge of the tub or shower so you can easily see the bottoms of your feet. If you find that your feet are dry, cracked or scaly, apply lotion only to the soles of your feet, avoiding in between the toes to avoid any fungal infections. If you notice anything unusual like a blister, hot spot, or unusual callous, let your healthcare provider know right away.
The second key component to caring for your feet is to wear well-fitted, supported footwear. Always buy your shoes from a reputable retailer, one who can measure and fit your feet specifically and knows your needs. Try to buy your shoes later in the day as our feet swell throughout the day. Footwear should be replaced yearly or when they’re beginning to show signs of excessive wear, whichever comes first.
The third component for healthy feet is regular foot examinations. Your healthcare provider or pedorthist can provide you with a comprehensive foot exam including a physical assessment, vascular assessment, and neurological assessment. For those who have had no history of ulceration or diabetic foot complications, a yearly examination is usually enough. If you had any history of ulceration, vascular compromise, or neurological impairment, your healthcare provider may recommend more frequent examinations.
For more information, visit www.diabetes.ca for more tips and tricks for caring for your feet.