Foot Care


Why the concern about my feet?

High blood sugar can cause damage to the nerves in your feet. This is called neuropathy. When you have neuropathy:

  • Your feet and legs may feel numb
  • You may not feel pain or temperature changes in your legs and feet
  • A sore or infection may take longer to heal

What can you do to take care of your feet?

  • Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water every day. Dry your feet well, even between your toes.
  • Check your feet every day. Check for any sores, blisters, redness, calluses or other problems. You can also ask someone else to check your feet.
  • Tell your provider right away about any foot problems. Do not let small problems become big problems.
  • Put lotion on your feet after you wash and dry them. Do not put lotion between your toes.
  • File corns and calluses gently. Do this after your bath or shower. Use an emery board or pumice stone.
  • Cut your toenails once a week. Do not cut them too short. If you cannot cut your own toenails, ask a friend or family member to do this for you.
  • Get help for corns and calluses.
  • Never walk barefoot. Always wear shoes or slippers, even when at home.
  • Always wear socks or panty hose. Do not wear socks or stockings that are too tight below your knee.
  • Wear shoes that fit well. Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are bigger. Break in shoes slowly.

Ask your provider to:

  • Look at your feet
  • Check the feeling in your feet
  • Discuss any pain you are having in your feet or legs

Adapted from the National Diabetes Clearinghouse Website Publication.