March Meeting - Maldon All Saints Bellringers and Foot Care

March Members Meeting

The Maldon All Saints Bell Ringers diligently played four tunes on their hand bells to the members.  The All Saints Bell Ringers handed over a cheque for £1,343.10 to our Chairman, Mike Higgins.  New Hall Vineyards of Purleigh contributed more than £600 to the donation.  Mike thanked the Bell ringers for their generous donation and confirmed our group would spend the funds a local diabetes related project. 

Mike continued with the group’s announcements whilst the Bell ringers packed away their equipment.  Mike went onto introduce Michelle Goodeve, who is a Podiatrist Team Leader with a specialism in Diabetes, to the members.

Michelle explained that people with diabetes should ensure that they have excellent control of their diabetes as this will help prevent problems with their feet. 

Six thousand people with diabetes a year have their foot, leg or toe amputated.  80% of those amputations are preventable.  The figure indicates that the NHS is unable to keep up with the demand, due to an increasing amount of people with diabetes.

The GP or a nurse at the GP practice should look at each diabetic patients feet once a year.  The checks are to see if there is any damage to the sensory, motor and autonomic nerves. The GP practice should give each patient a risk factor.

Diabetics should check their feet daily for signs of problems.  Michelle suggested using a mirror if there are difficulties in looking at the sole of the foot.  The person with diabetes should check for signs of blisters, breaks in the skin, swellings, and heat or redness in a wound. 

Foot care

Feet should be washed and dried daily.  Special attention should be given to drying between the toes.  Feet should be moisturised every day: but not between the toes.  Toenails should be cut following the curve of the end of the toe.

Corns and calluses should be filed down with an emery board before having a bath or shower.  Socks and tights should be changed daily.  Socks should not be elasticated.

Foot wear

People with diabetes should avoid walking bare foot.

People with diabetes should avoid wearing slip on shoes and slippers.

Shoes should have an adjustable fastener.

People with diabetes, who purchase shoes from the Hotter shoe shop, should be able to buy them exempt of VAT.

Check new shoes for signs of rubbing every two hours.

Don’t use a hot water bottle, or a vibrating foot spa.  Keep your feet away from an electric fire.  Turn off your electric blanket before getting into bed.

Seek help from a GP or a podiatrist as soon as you notice a problem with your feet.