Stay on your toes
If you have diabetes, proper foot care is essential if you want to avoid serious complications from the condition. Here are seven ways to keep your feet in great shape.
Check your feet every day for cuts, red spots, swelling, or signs of infection.
Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water (use your elbow to test the water temperature). Apply talcum powder or cornstarch to keep the skin dry.
Apply moisturizer after bathing. Don’t put lotion or cream between your toes, which can lead to infection.
Trim toenails with nail clippers straight across and file the corners. See a podiatrist if you have any trouble with nail care.
Don’t walk barefoot, even indoors. Wear properly fitting shoes or slippers—never sandals or flip-flops—with loose-fitting socks.
Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself. Consult with your doctor, and never use medicated pads or liquid removers.