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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 remaining five.

   Step 6: Cut toenails straight across

6. Cut toenails straight across and smoothen nail edges with a nail file

​Click the link to find out how to properly care for your toenails

    Step 7: Wear shoes with supportive features and a good fit 

7. Wear shoes with supportive features and a good fit

Click the link to learn what characteristics to look for when choosing shoes with good support and fit 

    Step 8: Check inside of your shoes before wearing them 

8. Check that there is nothing in your shoes before wearing them

Before wearing your shoes, always check to ensure that there is nothing hidden in them (for example, sharp objects or small objects).

Also, always wear socks or stockings with shoes to prevent blisters from forming on your feet due to skin being continuously rubbed against the shoe. 

      Step 9: Maintain good blood sugar levels

9. Maintain good blood sugar level​s

Blood sugar levels that are too high or too low can be harmful. Discuss your blood sugar levels with your doctor and work with your doctor to keep them on target!   

Step 10: Go for a yearly diabetic foot screening      

10. Go for a yearly Diabetic Foot Screening at the polyclinic, GP clinic or hospital

Going for diabetic foot screenings are essential. It allows you to check the sensation of your feet and know if you are at risk of developing foot problems. It is important to go for foot screenings at least once a year

If a Diabetic Foot Screening appointment has not been arranged for you in the coming year, please request your doctor to send you for one.

See previous page for the first 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

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