PROPER FOOT CARE
Proper foot care is an important part of diabetes management. To avoid serious problems, follow these important self-care tips:
Check your feet daily
Check the tops and bottoms of your feet, especially between your toes. If you cannot see the bottoms, use a mirror. Check your feet daily:
· Skin color changes · Swelling of foot or ankle
· Pain in legs · Open sores that are slow to heal
· Ingrown or fungal nails · Dry cracks in the skin
· Corns or calluses
Wash your feet daily
- Wash your feet with mild soap and lukewarm water in the morning or before you go to bed.
- Gently dry your feet with a soft towel, especially between the toes.
- Use moisturizing lotion (not between toes) to keep skin from cracking.
Cut your toenails regularly
- Cut your toenails straight across. Use toenail clippers with a straight edge.
- Never cut into corners. This could trigger an ingrown toenail.
- Cut your toenails after bathing when they are easiest to trim.
See your healthcare provider immediately if you recognize any foot problems.