In a person with diabetes, foot conditions like hard skin, ingrown toe nails, blisters or cuts can easily cause wound deterioration. Thus, it is important for people with diabetes to check their feet daily to avoid foot complications.

The Podiatry Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, shares ten simple steps to follow for healthier feet. Here are the first five.

Check feet daily 

1. Check feet daily for

  • Blisters
  • Hard skin
  • ​Wounds
  • ​Sudden changes in skin colour
  • ​Cracks in skin
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Monitor for infection

2. Look out for signs of infection

  • Redness
  • Pus / Discharge
  • ​Warmth
  • ​Fevers / Chills
  • ​Swelling
  • ​Foul smell
  • ​Pain
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Maintain foot hygiene

3. Maintain foot hygiene

Moisturise feet daily

4. Moisturise feet daily

File any buildup

5. File any buildup of hard skin or corns

If concerned or unsure about how to do it, please seek advice from your doctor or podiatrist

 

Read on for the next five steps

Ref: M19