You’re trying to control your blood glucose levels, keeping your regular hospital appointments, remembering to take your medication, finding time to exercise, making sure you’re eating the right healthy foods…all while getting on with work and life at the same time.
You’re constantly being told by your doctor, podiatrist, and diabetic nurse how important it is to look after your feet.
They push and prod you with their tools and instruments, look in between your toes, and give you so much advice on how to look after your feet that you leave the clinic feeling a little OVERWHELMED…
This post is written to help you understand why it’s important to look after your feet and making things simple, starting with a daily checklist for diabetic feet:
By checking your feet DAILY, if you do find any of the above-mentioned problems, the sooner you get it seen to, the less likely it will become worse.
Cuts, abrasions, and sores if not cared for appropriately could lead to infection and ulceration. Poor circulation can also make it more difficult for cuts and ulcers to heal.
Corns and callous that are not removed on a regular basis can become painful and may breakdown leading to infection, blister (haematoma) and ulcer formation. Your podiatrist can help prevent this.
Sharp nail edges and ingrowing toenails put you at risk of piercing and tearing the skin.
We ask you to check your shoes, especially if you have peripheral neuropathy because if there is a foreign object such as a stone or a piece of glass, you may not feel it and it can damage your feet.
You now have a better idea why we ask you to do these things and why it’s so important to look after your feet when you have diabetes.
Turning your foot checks and daily diabetic foot care into a habit (like brushing your teeth) will help you to prevent possible complications from arising.
It’s about reverse engineering your foot health, and what I mean by this is how do you want your feet to be, look and feel like 10, 20 or 30 years from today?
It’s the consistent daily action you take today that will get your foot health where you want it to be.
By implementing these habits into your daily life, combined with diabetic control and a healthy lifestyle will serve you well in the years to come.
To your health and happiness!
Are you struggling with your checklist for diabetic feet and what’s stopping you from this daily habit? Let us know in the comments below.