For diabetic people, practicing proper foot care is an important step towards successful diabetes management. Making foot care a part of your daily diabetes regimen is essential for avoiding serious complications such as neuropathy, vascular disease, and injury. Here are five easy tips that show that a little effort goes a long way in preventing problems:
1) Wash and dry your feet once a day with mild soap and warm water. Dry your feet thoroughly. Make sure that the area between your toes is especially dry, because it is more prone to fungal infections. Use lotion on your feet to prevent cracking, but don’t avoid the area between the toes.
2) Once a week, trim toenails straight across with a nail clipper. Avoid rounding the corners of the nails or cutting down the sides to prevent ingrown toenails. File and smooth the nails with an emery board.
3) Wear shoes that fit well and don’t squeeze or rub.
4) Never walk barefoot, especially outdoors or on the beach on holidays.
5) Keep the blood flowing to your feet by putting your feet up when sitting. Throughout the day, wiggle your toes and move your ankles, and don’t cross legs for long periods of time.