Daily Hygiene – Care of Feet
- Do not soak your feet in water; use mild soap and a washcloth to clean and Care of Feet
- In Care of Feet, Dry well between your toes
- Check temperature of water with a bath thermometer or your elbow, not your toes, toes have less sensation than elbow. By checking with elbow is safe. 32.2 degree to 35 degree centigrade (90 to 95 degree Fahrenheit).
- Gently rub corns or calluses. Avoid cutting, digging or using harsh commercial product.
Daily Inspection and Lubrication
- Use good light to inspect the feet
- Put your glasses or contact lens, if you wear them
- If you found ulceration, redness, calluses, blisters or cracking of the skin on the feet or thickening of the nails report immediately to your doctor.
- Rub soothing lotions or lanolin on your hands, feet legs and arms to prevent dryness
- Do not use lotion on sores or between your toes.
- Do not use perfumed lotions.
- Dust your feet lightly with cornstarch if they sweat.
Care of Toe Nails
- Use clippers to cut the nails, Do not use scissors or razor blades.
- Cut straight across the nail.
- Do not perform “bathroom surgery”.
- If your eyesight is poor or if you are unable to reach your toes, find qualified assistance.
- Place lamb’s wool between overlapping toes.
- Never go barefoot, not even at the beach or at home
- Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes
- Make sure nothing is in your shoes before putting them on your feet
- Avoid tight socks and shoes
- Wear cotton socks for absorbency. Change your socks daily
- Alternate several pairs of comfortable, firm, well-made shoes during the week
- Avoid shoes that cause your feet to perspire
- Make sure that your shoes and slippers fit well and are sturdy enough to prevent foot injury.
- Avoid sunburn
- Avoid scratching insect bites on your legs to prevent creating open lesions.
- Do not use heating pads
- Wear adequate foot protection on cold days.
- Turn on the lights before entering a dark hallway or room
- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed
- Use a cane or walker, if indicated
- When in doubt, ask for help. Have telephone numbers of people who can assist you at hand
- Walking is good, but get your doctor’s permission before beginning a regular program
- Do not walk if you have open ulcerations
- Walk until pain begins, stop and rest, and then begin again
- elevate you feet if they swell