Diabetic Foot Care Tips and Checklist

This page is divided into two sections The first part is tips. The second part is an action list.

Tips for Proper Footwear

Proper footwear is very important for preventing serious foot injuries and problems. Here are some tips:

  • Athletic or walking shoes made of canvas, or leather are good choices for daily wear. They will support your feet and allow them to breathe.
  • Vinyl, or plastic shoes are especially dangerous for those diagnosed with diabetes. He reason is the material does not breathe. This means your feet will get over hot, start sweating, keep moisture in and possibly damage your feet seriously. Shoes made of these materials are highly unlikely to have any support for your feet.
  • When buying shoes make sure they are comfortable from the start and have enough room for your toes. It is best to shop for shoes in the late afternoon or early evening, after you have been on your feet for the day. At that point they will have expanded to the maximum size they will during the day. This means that shoes that fit comfortably at this point will not be to small and restrict the circulation of blood in your feet.
  • Only buy shoes with flat heels, and rounded or square toes. Pointed toes will put to much pressure on your toes, restricting circulation. High heels will also put to much pressure on your toes.

Hot Tip: Make sure to ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special footwear.

You may need special shoes, or shoe inserts to prevent serious foot problems. If you have Medicare Part B insurance, you may be able to get some of the cost of special shoes or inserts paid for. Ask your doctor whether you qualify for:

  1. 1 Pair of *Depth Shoes and 3 pairs of inserts, or;
  2. 1 pair of custom molded shoes (including inserts) and 2 additional pairs of inserts.

If you qualify, your doctor or podiatrist (foot doctor) will tell you how to get your special shoes.

* Depth shoes look like athletic or walking shoes, but have more room in them. The extra room allows for different shaped feet and toes, or for special inserts made to fit your feet.

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Foot Care Tips

  1. Take Care of the Diabetes
  2. Check Your Feet Every Day
    • Look at your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling.
    • Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet or ask a family member for help if you have trouble seeing.
  3. Wash Your Feet Every Day

    • Wash your feet in warm, not hot water every day.
    • Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry in between your toes.
  4. Keep Your Skin Soft and Smooth
    • Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet but not between your toes.
    • A product that may help you is our Pearl Powder. It is traditionally used in Chinese medicine for skin care.

  5. Smooth Corns and Calluses Gently
    • Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses
  6. Trim Your Toenails every week or when needed
    • Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.
  7. Wear Shoes And Socks At All Times
    • Never walk barefoot
    • Wear comfortable shoes that fit will and protect your feet
    • Feel inside your shoes before putting them on each time to make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
  8. Protect Your Feet From Hot and Cold
    • Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement
    • Wear socks at night if your feet get cold
  9. Keep The Blood Flowing To Your Feet
    • Put your feet up when sitting
    • Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes 2 or 3 times every day.
    • Do Not cross your legs for long periods of time
    • Do Not Smoke
      A great program is available if you want to quit smoking
  10. Be More Active
    • Plan your physical activity program with your doctor
  11. Check With Your Doctor
    • Have your doctor check your bare feet and find out whether you are likely to have serious foot problems. Remember that you may not feel the pain of an injury.
    • Call your doctor immediately if you have a cut, sore, or blister that does not begin to heal after one day.
    • Follow your doctor’s advice about foot care. Make sure your doctor is open minded, and seriously considers alternative medicine. A closed minded doctor is one who is rooted in the past and the techniques used are most likely out dated.
  12. Get Started Now
    • Begin asking good care of your feet today
    • Set a time every day to check your feet
    • Complete the Checklist below this section and TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET FOR A LIFETIME.

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Checklist

Make Plans Now To Take Care Of Your Feet For Your Lifetime

Check Each Item When You Complete it

 

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Cut out the list of Foot Care Tips above copy it and paste it where I see it every day

 

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Get a pair of nail clippers, emery board, and pumice stone

 

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Buy soft cotton or wool socks

 

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Buy a pair of shoes that fit well and cover my feet. Give away shoes that do not fit regardless of how much I care about them.

 

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Place slippers beside my bed so I wear them when I get out of bed.

 

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Get a mirror to help me see the bottoms of my feet

 

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Ask for help from a family member or care giver if I can’t see my feet.

 

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Keep my next doctors appointment

 

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Ask my doctor if I qualify for special shoes covered by Medicare

 

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Plan my physical activity program with my doctor, physical trainer, or physical therapist, And stick to it.

 

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If I smoke, stop… If I do not smoke, keep it that way.

 

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A great program is available if you want to Quit Smoking with the Instant Stop Smoking Method

 

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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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