What measures do you take to prevent problems with your feet due to diabetes?
Share your story with others:
MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.
Can diabetes-related foot problems be prevented?
Some diabetes foot-related problems can be prevented by taking careful steps
to observe and care for your feet. Keeping blood sugar levels under control (in
the ranges advised by your doctor), and following your
recommended diet and
exercise program are the best way to prevent all complications of diabetes,
including foot problems. In addition to keeping your diabetes under control, you
can take steps to care for your feet, including the following:
Wear comfortable, closed-toe footwear
at all times. Special shoes are available for people with bunions or foot
deformities if these are necessary. Be sure no objects are trapped inside the
shoes that could cut or injure your feet.
Don't walk barefoot, even at home. Be
sure your feet do not get burned by walking on very hot pavement in summer
Always wash your feet with warm water
and dry them well after washing.
Check your feet daily for any sores or
Apply lotion to dry areas, especially
heels, but don't use lotion between the toes. Corns and calluses can be lightly
smoothed with a pumice stone. Never use scissors or razors to cut away corns or
Trim toenails straight across, and do
not cut the corners shorter than the rest of the nail.
Be sure that your doctor checks your
feet at every checkup.
Stop smoking, if you are a smoker.
Smoking further increases the risk of arteriosclerosis and poor circulation to