Manydiabetic foot ulcer cases…1
Up to85%of lower extremity amputations…2
There are 4 steps you can take to keep your feet safe and prevent foot ulceration
Checking that your blood glucose is within the normal range throughout the day is the first step to prevent ulceration. Keeping your blood glucose within target will help prevent damage to your feet and can stop things getting worse.
Wash your feet daily is warm, but not hot water, and dry them properly. Don’t forget to dry between your toes. Use moisturising cream to keep your skin soft byt don’t apply this cream between your toes or it may make the skin too moist.
- Wear flat shoes that support your feet and allow the room to breathe.
- Avoid shoes that are too small or pointed at the ends. If your shoes are too tight, too loose or rub you then don’t wear them. Even if they look great.
- Avoid walking around barefoot.
- Do not wear tight or knee-high socks.
- Examine your shoes, socks and stockings for damage each time before putting them on. Cracks, small stones and nails can irritate and damage your skin.
Check your feet every day for cuts and wounds. Whether you’re about to put their socks on, or you’re taking them off before bed, have a good look. Any changes, and you should see a healthcare professional straight away. If you struggle to lift your feet up, then you might want to use a mirror the see the soles of your feet. If this is too hard, try to get someone else to check your feet for you, You can also ask your district nurse or healthcare professional to check them for you during your regular checkups.
Did you know?
Everyone with diabetes should have a foot check at least once a year that’s arranged by their GP practice. If you’ve not had your foot check this year, ask your GP or nurse for one.
HOW CAN I IDENTIFY LOPS ?
How to identify the Loss of Protective Sensation (LOPS)
Performing a sensory foot examination will help you identify the degree of Loss of Protective Sensation (LOPS).
Ideally use a 10g (5.07 SemmesWeinstein) monofilament
When it comes to diabetic foot, every day counts