Why and how to care for your feet
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Recommendations for care
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Look after your feet every day
A short footbath every day of only five minutes with a mild soap and lukewarm water between 30-35°C is recommended for diabetics. It is also important to check the water temperature each time with a thermometer, as it may be difficult for someone who is diabetic to judge the temperature with their foot as they may suffer from loss of sensation. If your foot is injured, you can forego the bath. When you do bathe, be sure to fully dry your feet, as the water hiding in the creases of your foot can cause fungal infections.
Keep your toenails groomed and smoothDiabetics should regularly file their toenails as opposed to using nail clippers. The shape of the nail should furthermore mirror the cuticle’s natural curve. After trimming the nails, the cuticles should be gently pushed back with a wooden pedicure stick. A good time to do this is right after showering because that’s when the cuticles are soft. For more information on how to give yourself a professional pedicure at home, read Hansaplast Pedicure Tips.
Consult a doctor
If you have diabetes, it is important for you to attend your regular appointments. As soon as you notice any changes in the skin on your feet, you should speak to a healthcare professional. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or need advice on choosing the right foot cream, you should consult a doctor regarding which products are right for you in order to keep the skin intact, well moisturized and to prevent possible infection.