Proper Foot Care

Here are some good daily steps to follow to help minimize the risks of diabetic foot problems.



Wash feet daily and pat dry (donít rub since this can dry out your skin).


Apply a non-perfumed cream or lotion to your feet after washing, but
not between your toes.


Keep toenails trimmed. Cut toenails straight across and never tear
nails or cuticles.


Examine for dry, red or warm patches of skin.  Also check for cuts,
calluses, open sores or slow-to-heal bruises.  If you are unable to
perform this examination yourself, have a family member or caregiver
do it for you.


Report any problems or noticeable changes in your feet to the
physician treating your diabetes.


Wear comfortable shoes that do not pinch or crowd your toes
(no open sandals).


Check your shoes for pebbles or other objects before putting them on,
since you might not be able to feel something pressing on your foot.


Break in new shoes slowly, wearing them no more than one hour on
the first day.


Always wear shoes and socks to protect your feet.


Walk each day to maintain good blood circulation.


Have your diabetes physician examine your feet at least once each year.  Small problems can quickly become serious ones without proper medical attention. Please donít delay in reporting changes in your feet to your diabetic physician.

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