Foot Care for Diabetics

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

To most people, a small cut, sore, ingrown toe nail or blister on a toe or foot is a minor annoyance. But to a diabetic, it can lead to toe, foot or even leg amputation. Dr. Edward Hill gives some foot care tips in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People with diabetes have to take special care of their feet. There are things you can do to prevent serious foot problems.

Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and soap.

Dry your feet well, especially between the toes.

Keep the skin supple with a moisturizing lotion but do not apply it between the toes.

Check your feet for blisters, cuts, sores, redness or swelling. Tell your doctor right away if you find these.

Use an emery board to shape toenails even with the ends of your toes.

Change daily into clean soft socks or stockings that fit comfortably.

Wear shoes that fit well.

Never walk barefoot, and

Examine your shoes every day for cracks, pebbles, nails or anything that could hurt your feet.

Proper foot care is critical for people with diabetes. To prevent foot ulcers and possible amputation, people with diabetes must be committed to examine and protect their feet every day.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.