Why is foot care im­por­tant?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - World Diabetes Day -

FOR peo­ple with di­a­betes, dry skin of the feet may lead to crack­ing and fis­sur­ing, which cre­ate points of en­try for bac­te­ria. More­over, peo­ple who have di­a­betes can lose feel­ing in their feet, which can make it hard for them to tell when they have a blis­ter, sore, cal­lus or cut on their feet. It is there­fore im­por­tant to en­sure proper foot care so that the un­der­ly­ing tis­sue is pro­tected from bac­te­rial in­fec­tions.

Here are a few foot care tips you should prac­tise ev­ery day.

In­spect your feet – Check your feet and toes, look­ing out for any spots, sores, cuts, cracks or cal­luses. Use a mir­ror or ask some­one for help if you have trou­ble bend­ing over to do this. Ex­am­ine the six ma­jor lo­ca­tions on the bot­tom of each foot.

• The tip of the big toe

• The base of the lit­tle and mid­dle toes

• The heel

• The outer edge of the foot

• Across the ball of the foot

Cover any cuts or blis­ters and change your ban­dage ev­ery day. Con­sult a doc­tor if the wound does not start heal­ing.

Wash your feet – Use luke­warm wa­ter and mild soap to wash your feet ev­ery day. Hot wa­ter may end up dam­ag­ing your skin. Re­mem­ber to check the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture with your hand or el­bow.

Dry your feet – In­fec­tions tend to de­velop in moist ar­eas, so make sure to dry your feet well by pat­ting them dry, pay­ing at­ten­tion to the area be­tween your toes.

Use a suit­able lo­tion – Emol­lients are highly use­ful in the man­age­ment of dry skin and rec­om­mended as part of foot care reg­i­mens for di­a­bet­ics. More­over, im­prov­ing the skin bar­rier func­tion to prevent the skin from ex­ces­sive wa­ter loss is im­por­tant.

Linoleic acid is a fatty acid that can help main­tain a healthy skin bar­rier. The body can­not pro­duce linoleic acid, so it must be ob­tained from other sources.

Li­nola Foot Lo­tion, which con­tains linoleic acid, is suit­able for use by di­a­bet­ics and pro­vides re­lief from dry skin.

Lo­tion should be ap­plied to the top and bot­tom of your feet but not be­tween your toes as the mois­ture may bring about in­fec­tions.

Gen­tle care for dry feet

Li­nola Foot Lo­tion is spe­cially de­signed for dry, cracked and cal­lused skin on feet.

The lo­tion is easy to spread and quickly ab­sorbs into the skin. It con­tains es­sen­tial linoleic acid, which helps im­prove skin re­gen­er­a­tion and re­sis­tance. Its low pH value of four can help to keep skin healthy and pro­mote the re­duc­tion of cracked cal­luses.

Li­nola has spe­cially for­mu­lated prod­ucts that tar­get dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the body, in­clud­ing the face, hands and feet. Each prod­uct is thor­oughly re­searched and tested to en­sure that it meets the spe­cific, unique needs of the dif­fer­ent tar­get ar­eas of the body. The whole range is avail­able ex­clu­sively at Car­ing Phar­macy out­lets.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-5638 3660, e-mail en­quiry@cam­bert.com.my or visit www.li­nola.my

The lo­tion is easy to spread and quickly ab­sorbs into the skin. It con­tains es­sen­tial linoleic acid, which helps im­prove skin re­gen­er­a­tion and re­sis­tance. Its low pH value of four can help to keep skin healthy and pro­mote the re­duc­tion of cracked cal­luses.

Li­nola Foot Lo­tion con­tains linoleic acid, which is es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing a healthy skin bar­rier.

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