Feet play an important role in our daily life. They bear the weight of the body and help us to traverse A to B. Being one of the hardest working parts of the body, it is important to provide utmost care to keep it healthy. Ultimately, foot care and hygiene is essential for people with diabetes to prevent foot complications that may lead to disabilities in the future. Podiatrists recommend that regularly making your feet clean and healthy can affect your overall health and activities of daily living.
Luckily, foot care can be easy as 1-2-3. Here are some of the simple yet excellent hygiene tips for the feet:
1. Assess the condition of your feet everyday. Check for any problems like corns, swelling, bruises, ingrown nails, discolorations and pain and report it to your physician.
2. Wash your feet everyday using warm water and an antibacterial soap to prevent fungal growth. Additionally, choose a soap that is mild so that the foot’s skin won’t dry up. After scrubbing and rinsing the foot, dry the foot thoroughly including the spaces between the toes and apply moisturizers like lotion, if needed, to avoid the skin from drying up.
3. Unpleasant smell of the feet can be combated by applying a thin layer of powder at the bottom of the feet to regulate perspiration and bacterial growth. Change your socks daily and use the right shoes for you. Choose shoes that are made of leather rather than rubber or plastic and open or light shoes to allow the feet to breathe and remain dry. Socks should be made of cotton to absorb perspiration and prevent the feet from smelling bad. You can also try drinking Salvia tea to control excessive perspiration or mix 1L of water boiled for 10 minutes and added with cold water to 3-4 bags of Tanin tea. Soak the feet for 30 minutes/ 2x a day to keep the feet relaxed and dry.
4. Soak your feet in warm water before trimming the nails. Trim your toenails properly by cutting it straight across, and slightly rounding it at the tip. Never clip your cuticles since they form a barrier between the nail and skin to prevent entrance of bacteria.
5. Massage your feet everyday or at least thrice a week. Foot massage is an excellent therapy that increases blood circulation and relieves the foot from stress.