1. Make sure that you attend your annual foot review
Your bare feet will be examined by an appropriately trained person.
2. Know your risk
At the end of your annual foot review, you should be told your risk of developing foot problems and if you will be referred.
3. Are your feet at increased or high risk?
If so, make sure you been referred to a specialist for expert advice.
4. Check your feet every day
Check for any signs of redness, pain, damage to the skin, swelling or build up of hard skin. Look for any changes in the shape of your feet.
5. Be aware of any loss of sensation in your feet
Don’t go barefoot and avoid extremes of temperature if you think you have lost feeling in any part of your feet.
6. Stop smoking,
Stop smoking, drink alcohol moderately, maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
7. Look after your toenails
Don’t cut down the sides of your nail as this could lead to ingrowing toenails. If you have any difficulty with your foot-care, make an appointment at our clinic.
8. Avoid using corn removing plasters or blades
Plasters or blades of any kind as these may damage your skin.
9. Always wear well-fitting shoes
These will protect and support your feet and whenever possible don’t wear shoes with bare feet.
10. Maintain good glucose control
Good glucose control can prevent foot problems in the future by keeping the nerves and blood vessels that serve the feet healthy.