Diabetes & Podiatry: The right moves

Diabetes can be associated with complications of the foot that can be severe and should be prevented. It is therefore very important that you take good care of your feet.

This article is designed to help you apply the right moves daily and thus take care of the health of your feet.

1 – Examine your feet daily

Areas particularly at risk of complications are shown on the diagrams below. They are generally situated at the pressure points on the foot sole and toe of the friction areas.

If a disability prevents you from observing your feet, ask a person to do this for you. If you notice even the slightest of injuries, consult your doctor immediately.

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2 – Know how to take care of your foot

  • Wash your feet regularly and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes
  • Keep the water temperature <37 ° C (warm)
  • Do not use locally, special products against corns or calluses
  • Use lubricating oils or creams for dry skin, but never between the toes (Eg: Pedimed®)
  • Cut your nails horizontally, not too short

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3 – Socks and shoes

  • Inspect your shoes daily and looking for sharp-edge foreign body that could injured your feet.
  • Change socks daily
  • Never walk barefoot, always wear shoes, and avoid wearing tight shoes, with rough edges or seam
  • Choose preferentially socks with outer seams, or better, without seams

In case of cuts, scratches or swelling at the foot quickly see your doctor.