Neuropathy Foot Care Instructions
- Wash your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. Check the water temperature with your elbow.
- Use a soft wash cloth.
- Be gentle with your feet…DON’T SCRUB.
- Dry feet with a soft towel by blotting or patting; dry thoroughly between the toes.
- Inspect feet daily for redness, blister or cuts, change in temperature (cold), swelling, and/or loss of feeling. If you cannot see to do this yourself, have someone else inspect your feet or use a mirror.
- Clean dirt out from under the toenails; never use a knife or anything sharp for this purpose. An orange stick or a nail file should be used.
- Cut toenails straight across, using scissors.
- Never use a razor blade or pocketknife for trimming corns or toenails.
- Corns and calluses can be rubbed down with sandpaper or a fine emery board after they have been soaked.
- Never use corn remedies. Corn pads should be used only on doctor’s advice.
- Do not use inserts or pads without medical advice.
- Use lotion on feet and legs daily (not between the toes) i.e. Bag-balm.
- Never walk barefooted. This includes getting up to go to the bathroom at night. Never walk barefooted on hot surfaces, such as sandy beaches or around swimming pools.
- Always wear white socks.
- Protect your feet with warm cotton or woolen socks in cold weather.
- Wear shoes that fit properly with plenty of room for toes.
- Before putting on shoes, always check for foreign objects.
- Inspect your shoes daily for cracks in the soles, wrinkles in the lining, and bunching up of construction material.
- Avoid pointed or open-toed shoes.
- New shoes should always be broken in slowly. Start by wearing them for 1 hour on the first day, increasing 1 hour each day. Gradually build to full day.
- Leather or canvas shoes permit moisture to evaporate and also absorb perspiration better than shoes with synthetic uppers. Allow time for footwear to air dry between wearings.
- Remove shoes whenever possible, such as during coffee breaks.
- Shoes should be purchased in the afternoon, when feet are the largest due to swelling.
- Change shoes every 5 hours.
- Walk slowly and take short steps as if you are walking on eggs.
- Takes frequent rest periods during the day and elevate your feet.
- If your feet are cold at night, wear loose-fitting socks to bed.
- Avoid very hot or very cold water. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, hot compresses, or heating lamps near your feet.
- Avoid elastic socks and socks that have holes, mends, seams or edges.
- Do not wear garters or girdles, and do not tie your stockings.
- Do not cross legs while sitting, to avoid nerve pressure injury.
- Loosen bed clothing at the bottom of the bed to reduce pressure on the toes.
- STOP SMOKING!
- Have regular foot evaluations by physicians.
- REMEMBER: THE FEET YOU SAVE ARE YOURS!
13710 Olive Boulevard (Primary Office)
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Telephone: 314-469-PAIN (7246)
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