The Diabetic Foot Rules
- Examine your feet daily for redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems from shoes or other sources. Look at the bottoms and between toes. Use a mirror or have someone else look for you.
- Contact our office immediately if you experience any injury to your foot. Even a minor injury is an emergency for a patient with diabetes.
- Lubricate your entire foot if your skin is dry, but avoid putting cream between toes.
- NEVER walk barefoot, neither indoors nor out.
- Never wear sandals or thongs.
- DO NOT SMOKE. It decreases the blood supply to your feet.
- Do not file down, remove or shave calluses or corns yourself.
- Do not trim your own toenails.
- Do not use any chemicals or strong antiseptic solutions on your feet. Iodine, salicylic acid, corn/callus removers are dangerous.
- Do not wear stockings or socks with tight elastic backs and do not use garters. Do not wear any socks with holes. Always wear shoes with socks.
- Don't use any tape or sticky products such as corn plasters on your feet. They can rip your skin.
- Keep feet away from heat (heating pads, hot water pads, electric blankets, radiators, fireplaces). You can burn your feet without knowing it. Water temperature should be less than 92 degrees. Estimate with your elbow or bath thermometer (you can get one in any store that sells infant products).