What can I do?

  • Make sure footwear fit well and do not rub. Poor fitting footwear cause foot damage and wounds
  • Make sure socks are worn with all closed in footwear and are not restricting circulation to the feet
  • See a podiatrist immediately if there are persistent red areas, blisters or bruises on feet.
  • Every and any wound is serious and must see a podiatrist immediately

Daily foot check

  • It is important that the feet are checked and washed daily.
  • If it is difficult to see the soles of the feetIf any of the following are found see a podiatrist:
  • Wound, cut, damage on the feet or lower leg
  • Any loss of feeling of the feet either by touch or temperature
  • Any change in colour (bruising, light or dark areas)
  • Any calluses on the feet or toes
  • Any change in the shape of the feet or toes

This information is from the National Evidence Based Guideline on Prevention, Identifi cation and Management of Foot Complications in Diabetes (approved by the Chief Executive Offi cer of the National Health and Medical Research Council [NHMRC] on 6 April 2011, under Section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992).
More information and other papers (guideline, technical report and systematic literature review) are available online at www.bakeridi.edu.au © Commonwealth of Australia 2011