Foot care (1314)

Key points below

Feet need care just like the rest of the body. Some people may have poor blood flow (circulation) or decreased feeling (sensation) in their feet.  Poor blood flow or decreased feeling can cause many problems.

If your child has poor blood flow or decreased feeling, special care must be given to the feet to keep them healthy.

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  1. Wash your child’s feet with mild soap and water. Do not use soaps with perfume. Be sure to wash in between your child’s toes. 
  2. Do not use water that is too hot. Use your hand to check the water temperature.
  3. Use a clean towel to gently dry your child’s feet thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  4. Check the top and bottom of your child’s feet for cuts, cracks, scratches, sores, blisters or calluses. Do not try to remove corns or calluses.
  5. Call your child’s doctor if you see any redness, swelling, drainage or a sore that isn't healing or seems to be getting worse.
  6. Once your child’s skin is dry, apply non-perfumed lotion. Do not put lotion on sore areas or between your child’s toes.

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Special considerations

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This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.





Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.