Tips on Foot Care

Foot problems are common in people with diabetes. Self-care, starting with a daily foot exam, and medical intervention could help you prevent complications and even amputation.


Daily Foot Exam

Ahroni recommends that you check your feet daily. And you can make it a soothing ritual rather than a task. Include these in your foot exam:

  • Wash and dry carefully, then apply lotion everywhere but between your toes, where it can be abrasive.

  • Keep your toenails trimmed straight across; file with an emery board.

  • Look for danger signs: cuts, sores, blisters, swelling, or breaks between the toes. Giurini suggests seeing a doctor if any lesion takes longer than two days to heal.

"All foot wounds are serious," Ahroni says. "Most will heal up if you take care of them."

Annual Professional Exam
Make sure your doctor checks your feet annually -- more often if you have had any foot problems in the past.