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.

   Step 1: Check feet daily 

1. Check feet daily for

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

 ​Click the link to find out how to check your feet and what to look out for

   Step 2: Look out for signs of infection

2. Look out for signs of infection

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

Step 3: Maintain foot hygiene   

3. Maintain foot hygiene

Click the link to find out how to maintain good foot hygiene

   Step 4: Moisturise feet daily

4. Moisturise feet daily

Click the link to find out how to properly moisturise your feet

   Step 5: File any buildup of hard skin or corns

5. File any buildup of hard skin or corns

Click the link to find out how to properly file 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 of diabetes foot care.

Click the link to learn how diabetes affects the feet.

Click the link for tips to avoid diabetes foot complications.

Click the link to find out what to do during a diabetes foot emergency.  

Ref: M19