10 Tips to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy
1. Wash your feet in warm water every day. (Make sure the water is not too hot by testing the temperature with your elbow.) Do not soak your feet and be sure to dry them well, especially between the toes.
2. Check your feet every day for cuts, sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or other problems. This is very important if you have nerve damage or poor blood flow. Use a mirror if necessary. If you cannot see well, have someone check your feet for you.
3. If your skin is dry, rub lotion on your feet after you wash and dry them. Remember not to put lotion on or between your toes.
4. File corns and calluses gently with an emery board or pumice stone. It’s best to do this after a shower or bath.
5. Trim your toenails once a week or when needed. Cut them to the shape of the toe when they are soft after washing, then file the edges with an emery board.
6. Don’t go barefoot, wear slippers or shoes to protect your feet from being injured.
7. Wear shoes that fit well. Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are bigger. Break in new shoes slowly and wear them 1 to 2 hours each day for the first few weeks.
8. Always wear socks or stockings to avoid blisters. Be sure not to wear socks or knee-high stockings that are too tight below your knee.
9. Before putting on your shoes, feel the insides. Make sure they have no sharp edges or objects that might injure your feet.
10. Talk to your doctor right away about any foot problems you might have. Also have your doctor check your feet on a regular basis.