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.