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.