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.