​The Podiatry Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, shares what to do during a diabetes foot emergency.

What to do in a diabetes foot emergency

Cleanse any new skin tear, blister or foot wound with povidone-iodine antiseptic solution and cover with a dry sterile dressing. Monitor for any signs of infection or deterioration.
If you notice any signs of infection, pus discharge, changes in skin colour or swelling in your feet, contact your GP, polyclinic doctor or podiatrist within 24 hours.
Go to the A&E (Accident & Emergency) immediately if you get any severe foot pain or sudden cold foot, or if your doctor or podiatrist is not available.
Remember, any delay in seeking advice or treatment could lead to severe complications.

See the previous page for tips on what to avoid and what to do to prevent diabetes foot complications.

Click the link for ten steps to healthy feet.

Click the link to learn how diabetes affects the feet.

Ref: M19