Diabetic Foot Care Step 3
Wash your feet every day…
(whether they need it or not)
- Wash your feet in warm water. Hot water is not a good idea. Do not soak your feet, because it can cause your skin to dry out, and chap and crack. That will make it easier to get sores.
- Before bathing or showering, test the water to make sure it is not to hot. It is suggested that you either use a thermometer (90 to 95 F is safe). Ifa thermometer is not available, use your elbow to test the temperature.
- Make sure that after your shower, or bath that you dry your feet well. Rather than rubbing them dry, try gently padding them with a soft towel. Make sure to dry between your toes (avoid athletes foot and other complications). You may want to use talcum powder between your toes to keep the skin between them dry.
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This information has been gleaned from research and from publications of the National Diabetes Education Program among others.
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