for optimum foot health
• Check your feet daily. If you
know what is normal for you, it
makes it easier to see changes.
• If you struggle to see your
foot, use a mirror. You can also
try wearing light coloured socks
- bleeding or leakage shows up
• Clean your feet regularly - and
remember to dry thoroughly.
• File hard and dry skin off, as
this can cause callouses and
• Regularly moisturise. Keep
those feet soft.
means that the treatment is accessible for
everyone to use. GPs will know it is there,
so can prescribe it. I've seen the results
UrgoStart treatment has for patients, and
Research says that it usually takes
three to six months for a wound to heal
- a long time to be living with a DFU.
Anything that reduces healing time is of
benefit. "The faster healing happens,"
says Norton, "the less chance there is
for further complications or infections.
It means that people can get back to
normality quicker, and get on with their
The NHS long-term plan, released
earlier this year, includes a focus on wider
access to diabetes foot care teams. This is
hugely important for people with diabetes,
whatever their risk level. "Education is
key," says Norton, "the more we educate,
the more we can prevent, and detect
problems. It will have a wider impact than
on just the NHS, affecting the social and
economic pressures that DFUs put on
individuals and society. It really will help