Ulcer on the Skin Foot Ulcers
Prevention of foot ulcers includes:
- Examine your feet every day for cuts, blisters, or sores:
- Clean wounds once a day.
- Apply antibiotic ointment.
- Apply a bandage.
- If you have diabetes or poor circulation:
- Keep your toenails trimmed:
- Trim your toenails straight across.
- Do not cut your nails so short that your toe bleeds.
- Use an emery board to file sharp nail edges.
- Do not disturb your cuticles: they protect you from infection.
- Avoid pointed shoes.
- Protect the feet from bumps and bruises:
- Avoid sandals or flip-flops.
- Purchase new shoes before your old ones wear out.
- Shoes should provide plenty of room for your toes.
- New shoes should always be broken-in slowly.
- Start by wearing them for 1 hour on the first day.
- Increase the time by 1 hour each day, gradually building up to a full day.
- Wear cotton socks that absorb sweat.
- Avoid elastic socks, garters, and socks with holes.
- Wear loose-fitting socks to bed if your feet are cold during the night.
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