Diabetic Foot Care

It's important to take good care of your feet when you have diabetes. 

Do:

✔ Look at your feet every day for anything different: blisters, cuts, scratches, red spots, lumps or sore spots

✔  Use a mirror to look at the bottoms of your feet. If you cannot see your feet, have someone else look 

      for you

✔  Wash your feet every day

✔ After washing, put Crisco shortening, mineral oil, vegetable oil or baby oil on your skin

✔ Dry the space between your toes well

✔  Wear clean, dry socks every day; socks should be free of damaged areas such as holes or mending

✔  Change your socks often if your feet tend to sweat

✔  When you put on socks, smooth the sock against your foot to eliminate wrinkles

✔  Wear socks and shoes at all times for protection from injury

✔  To make sure your shoes fit correctly, buy shoes in the afternoon or evening when feet are naturally larger
     due to daily movement

✔  After you wear new shoes for an hour, check for any red spots or blisters; if you find a spot, discontinue use
     of the shoes

✔  Shoes should have a round toe with plenty of room for your toes inside

✔  Shake out your shoes before putting them on to remove any potentially harmful debris

✔  Check for any sharp items sticking through the bottom of your shoes before putting them on

✔  Check your shoes for torn lining

✔  Keep your feet healthy by cutting your nails straight across; if you can’t see your feet or reach them, or 

      have no feeling in your feet, have a doctor or  nurse cut your nails

✔  Have your doctor examine your feet every time you have an appointment; call your doctor if you notice any
     changes or problems with your feet

 

Do Not:

✗  Soak your feet

✗  Wear 100% nylon socks

✗  Wear any socks that have holes or that have been mended

✗  Wear garters with your socks

✗  Because you may not be able to feel hot or cold with your feet, do not use a hot water bottle, ice packs or a
    heating pad on your feet. Use your elbow --not your foot or hand-- to test water temperature

✗  Go barefoot or wear socks only

✗  Wear plastic shoes

✗  Wear shoes that have a thong between the toes

✗  Cut corns or calluses

✗  Use corn pads or removers

✗  Never put alcohol, peroxide, liniment, witch hazel, medicated creams or any other remedies on your feet 

    unless directed by your doctor

 

Disclaimer: This material provides general information only. It should not be used in place of the advice, instructions or treatment given by your doctor or other health care professional.