Foot Care for Diabetics

Diabetics may be more prone to foot problems due to the diabetic nerve damage in the lower limbs, but that doesn’t mean that diabetics will definitely have foot problems. Here are some helpful tips to keep your diabetic feet healthy:

  • Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes
  • Take the time to carefully trim your toenails on a regular basis
  • Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes
  • Be conscious about your feet and report any sores, discomfort, or infections to your doctor
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear diabetic shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Don’t put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting your feet in it just as you would before bathing a baby. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it
  • Wear proper fitting diabetic shoes
  • Wear proper fitting diabetic socks
  • Be more active. Plan your physical activity program with your health team
  • Take care of your diabetes. Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose in your target range
  • Begin taking good care of your feet today. Set a time every day to check your feet and get the process started now

Your healthcare provider is the best source of information for questions and concerns related to your diabetes and foot care. Your doctor or nurse should check your feet periodically when you go in for a visit. If you are having any problems, such as loss of feeling, sores or ingrown toenails, tell your healthcare physician right away. If little sores aren’t taken care of, they can get worse and turn into ulcers (serious, deep sores). If these ulcers become infected, you may have to go to the hospital or, in very serious cases, have a foot amputated (removed). Take these small steps and begin to increase your quality of life today!

2 Responses to “Foot Care for Diabetics”

  1. jeri523 Says:

    I have had diabetes for almost 10 years now and did not listen to my doctors orders when I was first diagnoses. I did not take care of my feet like this article suggests I do. As a result, I developed neuropathy and now have to be very careful about the type of shoes and socks I wear. Recently, I found a website that sells diabetic socks. The socks I think are called Smartknit Seamless Diabetic Socks. They have no seams and don’t rub on my feet so I don’t have to worry about sores. I hope these socks can help someone as much as they have helped me!

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