When managing diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, it’s important to take particular care of your hands and feet. We look at our hands every day but rarely look at the bottom of our feet. Making sure you look after your feet every day can help prevent hard skin from developing, which can keep any complications at bay.
Foot problems are less likely if blood glucose levels are kept under control and feet are looked after.
Easy steps to look after your feet:
- Check your feet daily for any changes – a mirror will help you see the bottom of your feet
- Every six to weight weeks, cut your toe nails straight across following the shape of the toe to avoid ingrowing toe nails
- Wash your feet daily and dry them carefully, especially between your toes
- Exfoliate, and use a pumice stone to remove any hard skin
- Moisturise daily using a cream that’s suitable for the whole foot
- Good blood glucose control
- Avoid garters, and stockings or socks with elastic tops that may restrict circulation
- Always wear will-fitting shoes. Check before putting them on for sharp edges and stones
- Test your toes regularly by lightly touching them for loss of sensation, record the results and inform your GP of any changes
- Maintain good glucose control to help keep your nerves and blood vessels in your feet healthy
- Make sure that you attend your annual foot examination with your GP, diabetes nurse or Pharmacist
- tingling sensation; pins and needles
- pain (burning)
- sweating less
- feet that are red and hot to touch
- changes to the shape of your feet
- hard skin
- loss of feeling in your feet/legs
You could also experience other symptoms that can indicate damage to your blood supply, including:
- cramp in your calves (at rest or when walking)
- shiny smooth skin
- loss of hair on your legs and feet
- cold, pale feet
- changes in the skin colour of your feet
- wounds or sores that do not heal
- pain in your foot/feet
- swollen feet
Diabetic socks have been designed specifically for people with Diabetes in mind to help avoid the chance of developing complications with your feet.
The socks are ridgeless with flat seems minimising the risk of rubbing and sores. Made from cotton, they keep in the warmth through colder months and allow feet to breath during the warmer months.
LloydsPharmacy can help you put your best foot forward by offering expert advice and FREE foot checks.
Our Pharmacists can advise you on things to do every day to ensure your feet are as healthy as they can be.
We will help you create your personalised Footcare routine which will include explaining how to:
- Regularly check for loss of sensation
- Check for damage to your feet (e.g. cuts, blisters, swelling)