Steps for healthy feet
When you have diabetes, it is important not to take the health of your feet for granted. For healthy feet, it is important to look after your overall health, manage your diabetes, care for your feet, and pay special attention to your footwear.
- Control your blood glucose levels.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Exercise daily as directed by your Healthcare Professional.
Caring for your feet
- Look for signs of redness or blisters on your feet, which may show your shoes may not fit properly.
- Wash your feet, then dry them well, and moisturize. Dry especially well between your toes, and do not put cream there.
- Do not soak your feet.
- Care for calluses and trim toenails regularly. If you are unable to reach your toes or do not have feeling in your feet, have a Healthcare Professional look after your toenails for you. Avoid using over-the-counter treatments unless directed to by a Healthcare Professional.
- Shake out your shoes before you put them on.
- Wear shoes at all times, indoors and outdoors.
- Buy shoes with closed toes, as they protect your feet from injury.
- Change your socks every day.
- Buy shoes late in the day, as feet tend to swell as the day goes on.
- Have your shoes professionally fitted by a footwear specialist