Instructions for Home Care of the Diabetic Foot

Check your feet daily for any sores, rub spots, etc. to be certain of having healthy, pain-free tootsies.

  • Inspect your feet daily. Report any problems to your podiatrist or diabetes doctor. If your vision is poor, have a family member or friend help.
  • Wash and dry feet carefully. Before immersion, test water temperature first with your hand or elbow.
  • Do not soak feet.
  • Lubricate feet daily. Do not apply cream or lotion between toes.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not walk without shoes. Do not wear shoes without socks.
  • Wear good shoes and socks. Ask your foot care specialist for advice.
  • Never use any medications on your feet without approval from your doctor.
  • Make sure your physician examines your feet at every visit. It’s a good idea to take your shoes off during the visit.
  • Avoid hot surfaces. Do not use hot water bottles or heating pads on feet.
  • Protect your feet from the winter cold by wearing extra-warm socks and boots.
  • Inspect the insides of your shoes each day for foreign objects or irregularities.
  • Never treat corns and calluses by yourself. See a foot specialist.
  • Cut nails to the shape of the toe.
  • See a foot care specialist at least once a year. Tell the doctor you have diabetes.

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