Inspect your feet
Look in between the toes, feel around the heels and observe for changes. Changes in colour, sensation (numbness and tingling),texture, nail growth pattern, and presence of pain can all be subtle yet important changes. It is important to report these changes to your primary care provider or podiatrist as they may warrant further investigation or assessment.
Dry the area between toes after a bath or shower.
Prolonged moisture leads to skin breakdown. Observe for any discharge, peeling skin, redness, blisters, and pressure points. Bring any concerns forward to your health care team.
Moisturize your feet.
Applying lotion daily can help prevent skin breakdown and also prevent irritation due to dryness. Low residue lotion is ideal. If your skin is prone to calluses and/or excessive dryness consider a lotion with urea. If you have a history of gout, discuss with your health care provider prior to using lotion with urea. Call us if you have a question about selecting a good emollient. When applying lotion, take care to avoid in between the toes. Ensure adequate time for lotion to absorb and dry to avoid slips and falls. Ideally, non skid socks or shoes would be applied after lotion is applied.