Use this checklist to make sure that your feet are well cared for when it comes to diabetes.
- Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap.
- Dry feet carefully, especially between toes.
- 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.
- Keep your feet warm and dry. If socks become damp, change them.
- Check your feet daily for cuts, ingrown toe nails, cracks, bruises, blisters, sores, infections or unusual markings
- Use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet or have someone check for you.
- Do not soak your feet, as this can dry your skin.
- Change your socks daily and wear white socks with no or flat seams and loose fitting.
- Always shake out your shoes and feel inside for foreign objects that could cause damage to your feet.
- Always wear supportive footwear in and out of the home
- Buy new footwear in the afternoon since your feet may swell slightly by afternoon
- Always wear professionally fitted shoes from a reputable store. (Professionally fit Orthotics may help.)
- Choose shoes with low heels and no seams in fore foot of footwear. Choose shoes with lace up or Velcro straps or elastic laces.
- Don’t smoke. It reduces blood flow in your body.
- All diabetics should have their diabetic foot care assessment done once yearly by a professional.
- If your feet get cold at night, wear loose fitting socks to bed. Never use a heating pad!
- See a foot care specialist if you need advice or treatment.
- 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.