Foot Health and Helping to Prevent Wounds
Non-healing foot wounds can greatly impact your quality of life and mobility. If left untreated, they can deteriorate and may even lead to amputation.
Anyone can develop a foot ulcer, but you are at greater risk if you are living with or experience any of the following conditions:
- Diabetic Neuropathy (loss of feeling in the foot)
- Deformity of the foot
- A history of prior foot ulcers
- Previous amputation
- Prolonged periods of being immobile or being bedbound
Some Helpful Tips to Help Prevent Wounds:
Ask to see your clinician/G.P for a foot check up at least twice a year and make sure they are aware if you have Diabetes.
Notify your G.P or podiatrist if you develop a blister or sore on your foot and follow up with any treatment plan that they recommend.
Caring for your Feet & What to Wear:
- Don’t go barefoot indoors or outdoors
- Inspect your feet daily
- Use a mirror to look for any open cuts or wounds and make sure to look between your toes.
- Ask a family member or friend to help if necessary
- Wash your feet daily
- Always dry between your toes
- Do not use talcum powder
- If your feet become dry, moisturise them
- Spread a thin film of moisturising cream or plain petroleum jelly on the soles of your feet while still damp after bathing, taking care not to get the cream between your toes
- Don’t use garters or elastics to hold up your stockings
- Don’t use panty girdles that are tight around your legs
- Avoid extremes of temperature ensuring that your feet don’t get too hot or too cold
- Buy shoes with support that will protect your toes
- Buy comfortable shoes that fit
- Buy new shoes later in the day. Feet can swell during the day and the shoes may be too tight if you try them on early in the day
- Shoes with soft leather uppers can mould to the shape of your feet
- New walking or running shoes may be good for your feet
- Check with your doctor before wearing sandals. In particular, if the sandals have a piece between the toes
- Avoid wearing heels
- Ask your clinician or podiatrist to look at your new shoes, they can see if they are a good fit.
- Do not wear your new shoes more than two hours at a time. New shoes can rub or cause pressure areas
- Wear new shoes with socks or stockings. Hosiery Socks or stockings should be made of 100% cotton or blends. Wool should only be worn in winter and should not rub on your skin
- Check with your clinician or podiatrist for socks manufactured for people with Diabetes. There are many brands available with soft tops (non elastic).
- Never wear socks with seams.
- Wear only clean socks and change them every day. Look at your socks or stockings before and after you wear them. Wear absorbent socks. Change them during the day when needed Do not wear socks with holes in them
- Put your hand in your shoes each morning before you wear them, checking for any object that may harm your feet
- Check your lower legs, ankles, feet and toes for open sores or spots daily.
Please note that our staff are not medically trained or qualified and cannot provide advice in relation to medical conditions experienced. We strongly recommend that you consult your health care provider prior to purchasing orthopaedic devices. We do however know our products and are always happy to provide information about them.