Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your doctor if you notice anything.
Wash your feet in lukewarm water
Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. But only use lukewarm water—the temperature you’d use on a newborn baby. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting—and make sure to carefully dry between the toes.
Moisturize your feet—but not between your toes
Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But DON’T moisturize between the toes—this could encourage a fungal infection.
Cut nails carefully
Also, file the edges. Don’t cut them too short, since this could lead to ingrown toe nails. Never trim corns or calluses. No “bathroom surgery”— let your doctor do the job.
Wear clean, dry socks
Change them daily. Avoid tight elastic bands (they reduce circulation). Don’t wear thick or bulky socks (they can fit poorly and irritate the skin). If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
Shake out your shoes and inspect the inside before wearing
Remember, you may not feel a pebble—so always shake out your shoes before putting them on.
Keep your feet warm and dry
Don’t get your feet wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in winter. Never walk barefoot, not even at home! You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.
Take care of your diabetes
Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.
Get periodic foot exams
See your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis for an examination to help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.
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