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Keep Your Feet Happy

Taking good care of your feet is an important part of living with diabetes. With careful attention, you can help prevent more serious foot problems and the risk for toe, foot, or leg amputation.

How diabetes affects your feet

When you have diabetes, nerve damage, and lack of blood flow to your feet can cause foot problems. Blisters and sores can turn into ulcers when left untreated. These ulcers can become infected and lead to serious health problems.

Everyday care for your feet

Taking good care of your feet isn’t hard. Just following a few simple steps can help prevent problems. Here’s how:

  • Check your feet for blisters or sores every day. If you can’t see the bottoms of your feet easily, use a mirror.

  • Wash your feet with warm—not hot—water and mild soap.

  • Dry your feet gently with a soft towel. Make sure you carefully dry the areas between your toes.

  • Moisturize your feet with cream or lotion, but not between the toes.

  • Trim your toenails once a week. Don’t cut them too short.

  • Choose shoes that are comfortable. Avoid sandals and high heels, and don’t wear shoes without socks.

  • Check your shoes for sharp objects and worn seams that can hurt your feet.

  • Always wear shoes or slippers, even when you're walking in your home.

  • Before you put on shoes or slippers, feel the insides to be certain there are no sharp areas that could rub or injure your feet.

These steps take only a few minutes every day. But the results can make a huge difference for your feet and your health.

Visit the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse website to learn more about foot care.