What foot care steps help if I have diabetes?

Answer From Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.

People with diabetes are at increased risk of foot infections. You can protect your feet with these simple foot care guidelines:

  • Inspect and wash your feet daily. Look for redness, swelling, cuts, blisters and nail problems. When washing your feet, use lukewarm water and dry gently, especially between the toes.
  • Wear clean, dry socks and properly fitting shoes.
  • Don't go barefoot.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut the nails straight across. You might want to have this task done professionally, especially if you have thickened nails, vision impairment or numbness in your feet.

If you have any concerns, seek medical care to prevent more-serious conditions from developing.

May 22, 2019 See more Expert Answers