How your feet feel can be a sign of your general health. If they hurt,
they may be indicating a more serious condition so it is essential to
be alert to the warning signs. Foot problems or pain can be an early sign
of medical problems such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory
disorders and other conditions.
It is especially important for diabetics to have a daily foot care routine.
Here are a some general foot care tips:
- Check your feet every day for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters.
- Wash feet daily and dry them thoroughly.
- Keep your skin soft and smooth by using lotion after bathing, but
never use it between your toes.
- Trim toenails regularly, straight across and file the edges with a
- Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable
shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Make sure the lining is smooth.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on
hot pavement. Don't put your feet into hot water. Never use hot water
bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet
without realizing it.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting.
Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down when sitting. Do not
sit crossed legged for long periods of time. Don't smoke.
- Set a time every day to check your feet.