Diabetic Foot Care

People with diabetes are more likely to develop foot problems and should be aware of how to prevent these issues before they occur. Taking an active role in inspecting your feet every day, and seeking care early if a foot injury occurs, is crucial to maintaining proper foot care in diabetics. Learning to recognize problems early and seeking treatment is important, but prevention is key.

  • Take care of your diabetes. Work with your health care team to maintain your blood glucose levels
  • Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts,swelling, and blisters.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
  • Talk to your doctor. Ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special shoes.
  • Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot.
  • Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Don’t put your feet into hot water. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it.
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Don’t smoke.