Your guide to Diabetes Foot Care
Foot care is essential for diabetic patients, especially the elderly diabetics. or have had diabetes for more than 5-10 years because diabetes affects peripheral blood circulation or affect nerve degeneration. Patients often unknowingly develop ulcers on their feet that cause large wounds later or necrosis if not take care of your feet.
Prevention of foot ulcers
1. Clean your feet every day and every nook and make sure to completely dry well with a soft cloth. Infections tend to develop in moist areas. Do not use rubbing alcohol on your feet as it will dry out your skin even more.
2. Inspect your feet and toenails every day to notice any red, abrasive on feet. If you’re physically unable to inspect your own feet, use a mirror or ask someone to help.
3. If the skin on your feet feels rough or dry, apply a thin layer of cream or lotion. Do not use lotion between your toes.
4. Nails should be cut short or trimmed weekly to avoid ingrown toenails and cut along the nail line only.
5. Before wearing shoes should explore foreign matter such as gravel and must wear shoes every time or avoid walking barefoot.
6. Choose shoes that fit by wearing the longest toe ½ inch from the end of the shoe and choosing the right shoes for the activity, because the feet change according to the shape. For example, when exercising, wear sneakers with adjustable straps.
7. If buying a new pair of shoes, should start wearing 30 minutes the first time and gradually increase the time in the following days until you can walk for 2 hours without any foot abnormalities.
8. If you want to soak to clean your feet in warm water. The optimum temperature should be 32-35 ° C.
9. If you are going to choose socks, you can wear socks according to the activities you do. But recommend cotton type because it can absorb moisture. However, today's athletic socks, there is good technology in use for cooling and moisture.
10. All diabetic patients should consult their doctors and have their feet assessed for risk.
For More Information Please contact the Medical Center
: Medical Center
1B Floor, Sukumvit Hospital.
+66 (0) 2-391-0011 ext. 225, 226, 227
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