Diabetic Foot Care

Routine Foot Care

Wash your feet. Clean them every day with mild soap and warm water; this helps keep bacteria off of the feet.

Don’t soak your feet. Always be sure to test the water temperature with your hand, first, to avoid burning your feet if you have neuropathy.

Gently using a pumice stone every day. A very gentle rub will help keep calluses under control. It is best to use the pumice stone on wet skin.

Dry your feet by patting. Don’t rub! Instead pat each foot with a towel and be careful between your toes.

Moisturize. The nerves that control the oil and moisture in your foot may no longer work effectively. Your foot skin may become very dry and may peel or crack. Use a water-based moisturizer to keep the skin of your feet from drying and cracking — but don’t put any between your toes.

Cut nails carefully. Always cut your nails with a toe nail clipper, never scissors. Cut them straight across and leave plenty of room out from the nail bed or quick. If you have difficulty with your vision or using your hands, let your doctor do it for you or train a family member how to do it safely.

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