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Check your feet every day!

Foot problems can literally develop overnight. It is essential to check your feet daily for the following:

  • Cuts, blisters or sores
  • Change in temperature (hot or cold)
  • Change in color (pale, red, blue)
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Dry cracking skin
  • Sweaty skin
  • Athletes foot or other rashes
  • Signs and symptoms of infection
  • Corns and calluses

Call your doctor, podiatrist or other healthcare provider for:

  • Routine foot care such as toenail trimming
  • Treatment for warts, corns, or calluses
  • For any of the following conditions:
    • cuts (break in skin) that has not healed in 2 days
    • blisters or soresinfection
    • change in temperature of the skin or tissue or if the area around a wound becomes very warm
    • swelling
    • pain
    • changes in skin color

How to take care of your feet

  • Look at your feet every day. Make sure there are no cuts or red areas. Use a mirror to see the bottom of your feet.
  • Don’t soak your feet. Wash them well with mild soap and water every day. Dry them very well, including between the toes.
  • Don’t go barefoot.
  • Wear shoes that fit well.
  • Buy socks designed to keep your feet comfortable (padded, minimal seams, not too tight).
  • Use lotion on your feet, but not between the toes.
  • Do not cut your toenails. File them instead, or have them trimmed by a foot doctor.
  • If you have poor circulation, nerve damage, or very thick toenails, see a foot doctor regularly. Also see a foot doctor if you have corns, calluses, or bunions.
  • If you do get a cut or scratch, take care of it right away. Wash it with mild soap and warm water. Use a mild ointment. Cover with gauze and paper tape or a fabric bandage. Make sure to change this often.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if the area does not heal or gets red or has any drainage.

Find more information about diabetes in What You Need to Know about Diabetes – A Short Guide available from the Joslin Online Store.

    Page last updated: December 21, 2014