BloodPictureTaking care of your feet is very important for people with diabetes. The following guidelines can help you make sure your feet stay healthy and free from complications.

Inspect your feet every day

Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet and check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems. Ask a family member, a friend, or consult a caregiver for help if you can not look on your own.

Wash your feet in lukewarm (not hot) water

Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. Use only lukewarm water.

Be gentle when bathing your feet

Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting, and carefully dry between the toes.

Moisturize your feet- but not between your toes

In order to keep dry skin from itching, moisturize them daily.

Cut nails carefully

To avoid ingrown toe nails, avoid cutting your nails too short. Cut them straight across and file the edges. If you have concerns about your nails, consult your doctor. Medicare benefit allows for a podiatry visit monthly and a pair of new shoes yearly.

Never treat corns or calluses yourself

No “bathroom surgery” or medicated pads. Visit your doctor for appropriate treatment.

Wear socks to bed

Wear socks at night to keep your feet warm, but never use a heating pad or a hot water bottle.

Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing

Always inspect your shoes before putting them on. Remember that your feet may not be able to feel a pebble or other foreign objects.

Keep your feet warm and dry

Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in the winter.

Never walk barefoot

Always wear shoes or slippers to avoid stepping on something or getting a cut- even in your home!

Take care of your diabetes

Keep your blood sugar levels under control.

Don’t smoke

Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.

Get periodic foot exams

Seeing your foot and ankle doctor on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complication of diabetes.

For further helpful tips about living with Diabetes, see our caregiver training class "Diabetes"

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Taking care of your feet is very important for people with diabetes. The following guidelines can help you make sure your feet stay healthy and free from complications. Inspect your feet every day Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet and check for cuts, blisters,...