Foot Care

The leading causes of lower limb amputations are complications resulting from diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. Any injury to a foot with poor circulation will be slow to heal or may fail to heal at all.

The importance of good foot healthcare

The leading causes of lower limb amputations are complications resulting from diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. Any injury to a foot with poor circulation will be slow to heal or may fail to heal at all. If you have lost a limb due to diabetes it is important that you take steps to prevent this from happening to your remaining limb.

The loss of sensation can affect your response to injury so that minor trauma can lead you to think, “It will be OK” when perhaps it may not. Inspect and protect your foot. A Podiatrist can assess your foot, diagnose and treat any changes and help you to manage your foot healthcare.

If you notice any changes in your foot or are concerned in anyway, visit your healthcare provider immediately.

In order to achieve and maintain good foot health, you must always be aware of your foot and the condition of your sound leg. Protect your good leg from any from trauma; always wear the right kind of footwear, practice good hygiene - clean, wash and properly dry your foot every day and visit your Podiatrist for a regular foot health-check.

 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind;

 Check your foot every day for any changes

  • Use a hand mirror to see underneath your foot
  • Check inside your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on
  • Wear correct fitting shoes at all times and never go barefoot
  • Wash and dry your feet properly every day
  • Change your socks daily
  • Have an annual foot check from a Podiatrist
  • Maintain good blood sugar levels
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