DIABETIC FOOT CARE
by Dr. Jason Gurevitch and Dr. Darryl Gurevitch, Podiatrists at the Associate Foot Specialists Clinic, Calgary
Things you can do to care for your feet if you are diabetic.
- Carefully inspect your feet in the morning and evening. Have a family member assist you, if needed.
- See your podiatrist regularly and have your feet examined at each visit.
- Wear shoes that are properly fitted and comfortable.
- Each time you put on your shoes, shake them out and check inside for rough lining or foreign objects.
- Avoid walking barefoot. Closed shoes are best.
- Look for changes in skin colour or elevated skin temperature.
- Avoid cuts and skin irritation.
- Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully, especially between your toes.
- Avoid extreme temperatures. Test bath water with your elbow.
- Avoid tape on your skin; however, if this is not possible use paper tape.
- When trimming your toenails, cut straight across. Do not leave spikes.
- Avoid smoking!!! It restricts blood flow to your feet.
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