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Looking after your feet

Here is a simple 3 step routine that needs to become a daily habit – like cleaning your teeth:

Simple 3 step routine

  1. reas to check on your feetExamine the soles of your feet, on a daily basis, using a Solesee Foot Inspection Mirror.  Look specifically at the areas under the toes, on the ball (or pad) of your foot and the heel area. A guide “What should I be looking for on my feet?” can be downloaded here.
  2. Wash and carefully dry your feet paying particular attention to the area between your toes.
  3. Apply a quality moisturiser specifically developed for diabetic feet or dry skin conditions.

If you see anything on your feet that gives you a cause for concern, then don’t delay. Contact your GP/Diabetic Nurse or Podiatrist immediately for professional advice.

Older feet naturally develop more problems:

  • The skin tends to become thin and lose its elasticity
  • Healing can take longer and wear and tear to the joints over the years may have caused some degree of arthritis

But having issues with your feet is not inevitable. There are things you can do to help them be comfortable and pain free:

icture of callus on foot

  • Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems
  • It is usually neglect, lack of awarenessand proper care,including ill-fitting shoesthat can bring on problems
  • It is best to purchase footwear in the afternoon, as feet tend to swell later in the day
  • If you put on weight, the bone and ligament structure of your feet may change
  • You should get your shoe size and style rechecked to ensure that the shoes you’re wearing (or buying) are still appropriate for your feet as they do change over time.

Attend to foot complaints early - as it may save you discomfort and serious problems in the future.. Remember, your feet have to last you a lifetime!

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