The Podiatry Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) shares what people with diabetes should look out for when checking their feet.
can lead to loss of sensation in the feet, making people with diabetes prone to foot wounds and infection, so it is important for them to check their feet daily.
It is important for a person with diabetes to check his or her feet daily. Diabetes can damage the nerves in the leg and lead to a loss of sensation in the feet. As a result, you may not be able to feel pain even when there is something wrong with your feet.
Podiatry Department at
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
SingHealth group, explains how to check your feet and what to look out for.
How to check your feet
Check the top and bottom of your feet and behind your heels
Look in between your toes for whitish skin or breaks in skin
If you are unable to bend down, use a mirror or get your family member or caregiver to do it for you
Check your feet for any of the following
Cleanse any skin breaks with an antiseptic solution such as iodine and dress with a sterile dressing. Do not burst blisters.