Pharmacy Corner
Diabetes: self-monitoring blood glucose & things to watch out for Diabetes nerve problems (cont.)

I’ve had diabetes for quite some time now. What should I do now to protect my feet?

Proper foot care is very important for EVERY person with diabetes.

Some tips to managing your feet properly2:

  • Take a look at your feet and legs daily, checking for any new cuts, scrapes, blisters, bruises, etc.
  • Care for and trim your nails straight across
  • Excessive drying can cause cracks on your feet. Apply lotion or moisturizer to your feet if you feel they are dry, but not between the toes
  • Don’t soak your feet
  • Wear proper fitting and comfortable socks and shoes
  • Don’t walk barefoot in the house or outside

Tip

Tip: You can find other recommendations on foot care on the Canadian Diabetes Association website.

Not caring for your feet can result in cuts or sores, leading to infection, which can put you at risk of amputation if it becomes too severe!

Point

Point: Have your feet thoroughly checked by your family doctor, diabetes nurse or podiatrist at least once a year to lower your risk of foot problems or leg amputations.