What You Need to Know About Diabetic Foot Care

What You Need to Know About Diabetic Foot Care

Know how to take proper care of your feet with diabetes.
Diabetes Foot Care INFOGRAPHIC

Diabetic foot care

Do’s

  • Keep your blood sugar levels as close to your target as possible: by taking your medications as directed, seeing your doctor regularly, making a healthy diet, and lifestyle changes.
  • Examine all parts of your feet daily for broken skin, sores, blisters, areas of increased warmth or redness. Inform your health care provider if there are any changes.
  • Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and mild soap. Dry your feet by gently patting them with a clean, absorbent towel, paying special attention to spaces between toes.
  • Wear cotton socks that fit loosely. Make sure to change your socks every day.
  • Wear shoes with a wide-toe box. Your shoe shape should match your foot shape. Select shoes that are snug but not tight.
  • Get regular foot exams. Ask your doctor for a foot check at least once a year and more frequently.
  • Do use care while trimming the nails. Trim the toe nails straight across.

Dont’s

  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t walk barefoot
  • Don’t use a heating pad, hot water bottle on your feet. Don’t step into a hot bath before testing the temperature first.
  • Don’t break the skin on your own and do not pop blisters.
  • Don’t cut your cuticles or allow anyone else (eg, a manicurist) to do so.
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