Good foot care practice

 

Good foot care and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers requires daily foot inspections by the patient with diabetes (or their carer, if the patient's vision is poor). 1

Bony pressure points and folds of skin should be checked for signs of damage, which include:

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Dry or cracked skin
Unusually pale skin or unusually reddened patches
Abnormalities such as cuts and abrasions

Healthy skin can be maintained by gentle cleansing of the feet and the use of topical moisturisers, which make the foot more resistant to breakdown and injury.


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