Diabetic Foot Care Program
The application of the diabetic foot care program is part of an integrated rehabilitation process--and you are the most important team member! The relationship with your orthotist/pedorthist is a lifelong commitment to your health, walking ability, independence and overall quality of life.
Personal Hygiene and Skin Care
Practice good hygiene habits by cleansing and inspecting your feet and wearing clean socks each day.
Diabetic insoles and arch supports MUST be custom made and fully contoured to the plantar surface of your foot.
Know Your Feet
Daily inspection is required. Look for blisters, sores, cracks, cuts, calluses, corns, etc. Look at the top, bottom and sides with a mirror. Report any changes to your physician or orthotist/pedorthist immediately.
Cleaning and Softening
Wash daily with mild soap and lukewarm water. Dry thoroughly. Apply cream or lotion on tops and bottoms only, not between toes. Wear clean socks each day.
It is best to trim right after your shower or bath. If you have a neuropathy, poor vision and/or extremely thick toenails—STOP—and enlist the care of a podiatrist!
DO NOT use corn or wart removers. DO NOT remove corn or calluses with a razor blade. DO NOT warm up cold feet with a heating pad or hot water bottle. ALWAYS check with your doctor first.
NEVER walk barefoot and ALWAYS wear shoes and socks. Examine shoes for signs of wear. Wear the proper footwear—your long-term health and mobility is more important than fashion.
Diabetic Foot Care Dos and Don'ts
- DO watch your blood sugar!
- DO eat nutritious foods!
- DO inspect your feet daily!
- DO participate in an exercise program!
- DO communicate!
- DON’T smoke!
- DON’T drink excessive alcohol!DON’T sit or lay with crossed legs or ankles!
- DON’T wear sandals with thongs!
- DON’T use adhesive tape!
- DON’T soak your feet!