Peripheral neuropathy can make it difficult to notice and feel injuries because of poor nerve function. The Foot and Ankle Wellness Centre recommends inspecting your feet daily for problems. You can protect yourself further by wearing shoes that fit and support your feet properly. If required, make appointments with Dr. Chaudhry for regular foot care, including toenail or callus trimming.
Inspect Your Feet Daily
Check your feet daily for any changes – look at the tops, bottoms, heels, and between the toes. You may find it beneficial to use a mirror to check out the tough-to-see areas. Call Dr. Chaudhry if you notice any of the following:
- Red “hot spots”
- Sores or blisters
- Corns or calluses
- Changes in skin colour
- Dry skin or cracks in your heels
- Toenails that are thick or yellow
Wear Proper Footwear
Always wear shoes and socks – even indoors – to protect your feet. Buy shoes that will provide you with support without feeling too loose. Avoid purchasing shoes that you must “break in”, especially those with open toes or heels. Prior to putting your shoes on, check the insides for rough stitching, sharp edges, or loose objects. Dr. Chaudhry will be able to give you shoe recommendations if you have any questions.
Foot Care Tips
Prevent foot problems with the following tips:
- Inspect your feet daily for blisters, cracks, redness, and dryness.
- Avoid walking barefoot when you can help it.
- Incorporate daily, gentle exercises to improve the flow of blood to your feet.
- Manage your diabetes properly – be sure to monitor and control your blood sugar levels. Ensure that you take your medications as prescribed and follow your meal plan.
- Stop smoking, as smoking cuts off blood flow to the feet and can hinder the healing process.
- Avoid wart and/or corn removers as these products contain acid, which can do further damage to your feet.
- Wash your feet with gentle soap and warm water. Take care to dry them well afterward, paying close attention to the spaces between your toes.
- Moisten dry feet with lotion, but do not use lotion between your toes.
- Consult with your doctor before trimming your toenails. Never trim corns and calluses on your own.