Did You Know? Foot Risk AssessmentJuly 19, 2019
You may be at risk for a foot ulcer if you have one or more of the following signs:
- Lack of sensation (feeling) in your feet.
- Feeling of “pins and needles” in your feet.
- Feet hurt while walking or resting.
- Sores don’t heal.
- Skin on your feet becomes thick, dry or scaly.
- Calluses develop easily on the soles of your feet.
With proper self-care, most symptoms can be reduced and foot ulcers minimized. Early recognition of an ulcer and immediate care under your physician’s direction can prevent complications.
CHECK YOUR FEET DAILY
Look for blisters, cuts and scratches. Use a long-handled mirror or place a mirror on the floor to see the bottom of your feet. Always check between your toes.
KEEP YOUR FEET CLEAN
Wash daily, dry carefully– especially between the toes.
MOISTURIZE YOUR FEET
Apply a moisturizer as recommended by your physician, but never apply between toes as that can lead to a fungal infection.
DO NOT WALK BAREFOOT
That includes on sandy beaches and pool/patio areas.
WEAR PROPERLY FITTED SHOES
Shoes should be comfortable when purchased. Do not wear narrow, pointed toe or high-heeled shoes.
INSPECT THE INSIDE OF YOUR SHOES DAILY
Check for foreign objects, tears or rough areas on the inside of the shoe.
DO NOT WEAR SHOES WITHOUT SOCKS OR STOCKINGS
Wear clean, properly fitted socks. Cotton or cotton-blend socks are recommended.
AVOID TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
Test water temperature with your hand or elbow prior to bathing. Do not soak your feet in hot water or apply a hot water bottle. If your feet feel cold at night; wear socks.
TRIM YOUR TOENAILS REGULARLY
Always cut your nails straight across.
DO NOT USE OVER-THE-COUNTER REMEDIES FOR CORNS
See a podiatrist to have these evaluated.
AVOID CROSSING YOUR LEGS
This causes pressure on the nerves and blood vessels, resulting in less blood flow to your feet.
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