Diabetes can cause poor blood circulation or neurological damage, and so people with diabetes may not feel pain from foot infections caused by abrasions or blisters. Wounds in people with diabetes also do not heal as quickly as those without the condition. ​

Thus, it is important for people with diabetes to check their feet daily. The Podiatry Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, offers ten tips how to. Here are the first five.

Steps 1 to 5: Check feet daily, watch out for infection, have good foot hygiene, moisturise and file away buildups 

Check feet daily 

1: Check feet daily for

  • ​Blisters
  • ​Hard skin
  • ​Wounds
  • Sudden changes in skin colour
  • ​Cracks in skin

 Check for signs of infection

2. Look out for signs of infection

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

 

 3. Maintain foot hygiene

Maintain foot hygiene

 4. Moisturise feet daily

Moisturise feet daily

 

5. File any buildup of hard skin or corns

File any buildup of hard skin or corns

If you have any concerns or are unsure about how to do it, please seek advice from your doctor or podiatrist.


Read on for the next 5 steps.

Ref: M19