Diabetes and Foot Care: A Patient’s Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure that your feet are well cared for when it comes to diabetes.

  1. Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap.
  2. Dry feet carefully, especially between toes.
  3. Apply an unscented lotion to your heels and soles. Wipe off excess lotion that is not absorbed. Don’t put lotion between your toes, as the excessive moisture may cause infection.
  4. Keep your feet warm and dry. If socks become damp, change them.
  5. Check your feet daily for cuts, ingrown toe nails, cracks, bruises, blisters, sores, infections or unusual markings
  6. Use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet or have someone check for you.
  7. Do not soak your feet, as this can dry your skin.
  8. Change your socks daily and wear white socks with no or flat seams and loose fitting.
  9. Always shake out your shoes and feel inside for foreign objects that could cause damage to your feet.
  10. Always wear supportive footwear in and out of the home
  11. Buy new footwear in the afternoon since your feet may swell slightly by afternoon
  12. Always wear professionally fitted shoes from a reputable store. (Professionally fit Orthotics may help.)
  13. Choose shoes with low heels and no seams in fore foot of footwear. Choose shoes with lace up or Velcro straps or elastic laces.
  14. Don’t smoke. It reduces blood flow in your body.
  15. All diabetics should have their diabetic foot care assessment done once yearly by a professional.
  16. If your feet get cold at night, wear loose fitting socks to bed. Never use a heating pad!
  17. See a foot care specialist if you need advice or treatment.
  18. Call us any time if you have a problem or concern. You will be seen.

Take Care of Your Diabetes: Keep Blood Sugars Under Control.