Diabetic Foot Care

Because diabetes is a disease affecting many parts of the body, successful management requires a team approach. Today’s podiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team and has documented success in preventing amputations and serious complications (risk reduction of up to 85%). A comprehensive treatment program would include periodic podiatrist screenings, every 9 weeks or as needed.

If you have diabetes, follow these foot care tips:
  • Visit your podiatrist regularly to help you with your foot examination and maintenance. It goes without saying that you should rely on your podiatrist to help with removing any calluses, warts and corns.
  • Inspect feet daily. Check your feet and toes every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. Keep your skin soft and smooth.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking can worsen heart and vascular problems and reduce circulation to the feet.
  • Wear thick, soft socks. Avoid socks with seams, which could rub and cause blisters or other skin injuries.
  • Exercise. Walking can keep weight down and improve circulation. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.
  • Have new shoes properly measured and fitted. Foot size and shape may change over time. Shoes that fit properly are important to those with diabetes.
  • Don’t go barefoot. Don’t go without shoes, even in your own home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.
  • See today’s podiatrist. Regular checkups by a podiatrist—at least annually—are the best way to ensure that your feet remain healthy.

Bottom Line

Condition Diabetes
Recommendation See your podiatrist periodically to reduce the risk of amputation by up to 85%
Selfcare Manage your sugar, exercise, keep your feet in excellent condition and quit smoking