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

 Check for signs of infection

2. Look out for signs of infection

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

Ref: M19