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Did You Know? Foot Risk Assessment

July 19, 2019

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You may be at risk for a foot ulcer if you have one or more of the following signs:

  1. Lack of sensation (feeling) in your feet.
  2. Feeling of “pins and needles” in your feet.
  3. Feet hurt while walking or resting.
  4. Sores don’t heal.
  5. Skin on your feet becomes thick, dry or scaly.
  6. Calluses develop easily on the soles of your feet.

Foot care

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

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.

FEET CLEAN

KEEP YOUR FEET CLEAN

Wash daily, dry carefully– especially between the toes.

MOISTURIZE YOUR FEET

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

DO NOT WALK BAREFOOT

That includes on sandy beaches and pool/patio areas.

FITTED SHOES

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

TRIM YOUR TOENAILS REGULARLY

Always cut your nails straight across.

OVER-THE-COUNTER REMEDIES

DO NOT USE OVER-THE-COUNTER REMEDIES FOR CORNS

See a podiatrist to have these evaluated.

CROSSING YOUR LEGS

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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