A Podiatrist’s Advice for Your Daily Foot Check
When your G.P, practice nurse or podiatrist advises you to check your feet, what exactly do they mean? In today’s post we look at some simple daily foot check tips.
Make it a daily habit. Think of checking your feet in the same way as you do brushing your teeth. It’s a small part of your daily routine. Brushing your teeth doesn’t take much time, but it helps avoid more serious problems in the long term. Checking your feet takes even less time, but avoiding the potentially serious problem of a foot ulcer is certainly worth it.
Check your feet each evening. Get into a routine. When you take your shoes off at night, give them a quick once over. It only takes a minute or two.
If you can’t bend down to see your feet. Use a hand-held mirror to peek under the soles. Maybe ask a friend, relative or carer to have a quick look. It’s just a quick check, but it could save you from long term complications.
What am I checking for? Look out for cuts, bruises, swelling or redness. If you notice any changes in your foot shape, callus build-up or thickened and ingrowing nails, get in touch with your podiatrist. We’ll be able to advise you and to provide safe and appropriate treatment.
For more information on Diabetes and its effects on the foot, visit Diabetes UK or the National Diabetes Education Program. If you have a specific query or concern, feel free to Contact Us. We’ll happily answer any questions you may have.
Have a great day,
Podiatrist at Wilson Podiatry, Woking