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Diabetes Foot Care Tips

By David Thorpe

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important that you carry out diabetic foot care on a regular basis, preferably daily. People who suffer from the medical condition are more prone to problems with their feet such as sores, cuts and bruises. General practitioners and other health advisers will look at a diabetic patients feet as part of their health check ups.

Problems that are noticed with the feet should not be self treated, you should try to get professional advice as to the best treatment. Clean and dry feet are a major part of avoiding infections and sores along with well trimmed toe nails. Regular, preferably daily inspection, of both the feet and in between toes is vital to prevent problems going unnoticed. Athletes foot and areas of dry skin should be treated with anti fungal and moisturisers.

The patient should never walk about without some type of footwear to protect their feet. Wearing some type of footwear will prevent the person from treading on small objects such as small toys or stones and suffering cuts and bruises to their feet. When wearing shoes, socks should be worn to prevent the shoes from rubbing. The socks should not be tight fitting and should be free from seams and elastic.

If you are looking for shoes, you should look for ones that are not likely to rub the feet and perhaps cause bunions or corns to develop. The toes of the shoes should have plenty of room for the toes, avoid shoes with pointed toes. Avoid high heels that can cause pressure to areas of the feet. Buy shoes that have secure fastenings such as laces or buckles and avoid the slip on type of shoes.

When looking at shoes, you should put your hand inside the shoe and have a good feel about to make sure there are no rough patches of uneven leather or stitching. When trying the shoes on it is important that you wear the type of socks that you would normally wear, this will give a better idea of what the shoes will feel like during everyday wear. If you have extra wide feet or feet that are an unusual shape, it may be difficult to buy shoes off the shelf and you may have to get them specially made.

Having high levels of sugar in the blood stream can cause damage to the nerves, it is therefore important to take care when bathing to avoid burns to the feet. Before going into the bath, it will be necessary to check the temperature of the water with a hand first. The damaged nerves in the feet will mean that the pain of heat will not be felt, for this reason it is a good idea to avoid using electric blankets, hot water bottles, and foot spas.

Socks especially made for people who have the medical condition are available from all good chemists. The socks help increase the circulation within the feet, they also help to prevent sores, nerve damage and swelling. The socks are made from material which stop the material from feeling too tight, they also have no tight elastic and are seam free.

As part of the daily foot inspection routine, you could use one of the many products available on the market. These products are suitable for rough and dry skin and help with the renewal of skin. Antibacterial creams that increase blood flow and prevent infections are also available.

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Thorpe, David "Diabetes Foot Care Tips." Diabetes Foot Care Tips. 27 Jun. 2010. 2 Nov 2014 <>.

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