Your Feet Daily - Notify a health care provider if you notice a
growth, change of sensation, swelling, pain, unusual nail formation,
skin or nail discoloration, or a sore that is not healing.
Rinse, & Dry Your Feet - especially between your toes - Daily.
Moisturize your skin to keep that first line of defense strong &
healthy! Creams and Lotions are best - Apply Daily! Avoid powders &
oils that make floors slippery and hard to clean.
Your Feet - Never Never go bare foot or stocking foot - even at
night to the bathroom! Foot infections take a long time to heal &
for some people they never do. Germs are more drug resistant than ever
your shoes in & out frequently for uneven wear. You may just
need new shoes for a sore hip. Avoid all callus & corn remover pads
with acids in them and never wear pads that encircle the toes!
shoes in the late afternoon. Have each foot re-measured every time
- foot structures change with age! Choose shoes well fitting shoes with
"extra-depth" toe boxes to prevent crowding the toes. Avoid
slip on shoes. If you can slip them on you can slip around in them ~
so get tie or Velcro strap shoes. Buy heel inserts to stabilize heel
and whole foot in the shoe if needed.
your shoes daily to reduce moisture buildup. Check & shake your
shoes out before applying. Seams, Wrinkles, Pressure spots cause ulcers
in ONE HOUR in a foot with poor circulation or innervation! So check
your feet frequently (every 1/2 hour) after getting new shoes!
wear socks in your shoes. Seamless, Stretchy, Diabetic socks are
the best. Change them every day. Before putting on shoes make sure there
are no wrinkles in you socks that cause pressure sores.
your toenails and calluses with wet black files and rinse them frequently.
File carefully only to the contour of your toe tip. Nothing else sharp
near your precious feet - bathroom surgery is dangerous! Also never
use pumice stones or peel your nails or calluses off!
get second opinions
about any surgical procedure recommended for your foot problem. Many
are out-dated, ineffective, or cause side-effects that may not make
the trauma just not worth it!