Simple ways to care for your feet if you have diabetes.
Caring for your feet is essential if you have diabetes. A simple infection can turn into a major complication if you have diabetes. Below is basic foot care to keep your feet in the best possible condition. This list, along with regular appointment to your podiatrist, will ensure your feet will be in the best possible condition as you manage your diabetes.
Basic Advice for the Care of Diabetic Feet
- Inspect your feet every day. Keep your feet clean, dry and change shoes and socks daily.
- Always keep your feet warm.
- Take extra care drying your feet and toes after showering. Pay special attention to the space between your toes.
- Be sure to exercise. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise for people with diabetes unless you have complications. If you struggle with balance, use a cane.
- Always protect your feet and legs, never walk barefoot.
- Avoid hot water bottles and heating pads.
- Do not overexpose skin to the sun.
- If your skin is dry, use moisturizing cream or lotion daily. Do not apply between the toes.
- Cut your toenails straight across and even with the skin on the end of your toes. Do not cut into the corners. If you can’t see or reach your toenails, have someone else do it for you.
- Never use razor blades, knives, scissors or medicated corn or wart removers.
- Look for redness, blisters, scratches, cracks between the toes, discoloration or any other damage.
- Avoid all actions that diminish circulation such as tobacco use, sitting with legs crossed and circular, elastic garters.
- Wear soft leather shoes that form to the shape of your foot. Medicare covers diabetic shoes and insoles for qualified patients with diabetes. Ask us if you qualify.
- Gradually break in new shoes and avoid blisters.
- Call us if you see any changes in your feet.