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Diabetic Foot Care

Covered By Extended Health Care
Feet For Life Medical Clinic
Why Routine Diabetic Foot Care is so Important

Higher glucose levels over time can cause nerve damage in the extremities (also known as Peripheral Neuropathy) which limits sensation.
It can contribute to other foot-related problems and if gone un-noticed, or left untreated sores, ingrown toenails and other potential issues such as poor circulation and delayed wound healing increases the diabetic patients’ risk for ulceration, and lower limb amputation.

Don't!

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Cut your own nails with clippers

Cut your own calluses, or corns

Treat your own ingrown toenails, or slivers with sharp objects

Use over-the-counter medications to treat corns or warts as they are dangerous for people with diabetes

Apply heat to your feet using a hot water bottle, or electric blanket. Due to decreased sensation, you could burn your feet without realizing it

Take very hot baths

Use lotion between your toes

Walk barefoot indoors, or outdoors

Wear tight socks, or shoes

Sit for prolonged periods of time

Smoke


See your Podortho Nurse for routine assessment and foot care

Check your feet every day for cuts, cracks, blisters, sores, infection, bruising, or unusual markings

Use a mirror to view the bottom of your feet if you cannot lift them up

Check the colour of your legs and feet. Check for swelling, warmth, redness, or if you have pain contact your physician, or Podortho Nurse immediately

Clean a cut, or scratch with a mild soap and water. Cover with a dry dressing for sensitive skin. Inspect cut daily. Follow up with Podortho Nurse

Trim your nails straight across if you are able to do so safely and shape with the contour of your toe smoothing jagged edges with a file

Wash and dry your feet daily especially in between the toes. Check the temperature of the water with your elbow, or use a thermometer to prevent scalding

Apply a good quality lotion to the heels and soles of the feet daily

Change your socks daily

Wear a good supportive shoe and purchase in the late afternoon since feet tend to be more swollen at this time

Avoid extreme heat and cold

Exercise regularly. Eat a balanced diet. Monitor glucose levels daily

Do!

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