8 Tips to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy

Apr 20, 2020 / Podiatry

By Henry K. Henczel, D.P.M.
Reliant Medical Group Podiatry

  1. Wash your feet in warm water every day. (Make sure the water is not too hot by testing the temperature with your elbow.) Do not soak your feet and be sure to dry them well, especially between the toes.
  2. Check your feet every day for cuts, sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or other problems. This is very important if you have nerve damage or poor blood flow. Use a mirror if necessary. If you cannot see well, have someone check your feet for you.
  3. If your skin is dry, rub lotion on your feet after you wash and dry them. Remember not to put lotion on or between your toes.
  4. Don’t go barefoot, wear slippers or shoes to protect your feet from being injured.
  5. Wear shoes that fit well. Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are bigger. Break in new shoes slowly and wear them 1 to 2 hours each day for the first few weeks.
  6. Always wear socks or stockings to avoid blisters. Be sure not to wear socks or knee-high stockings that are too tight below your knee.
  7. Before putting on your shoes, feel the insides. Make sure they have no sharp edges or objects that might injure your feet.
  1. Talk to your doctor right away about any foot problems you might have. Also, have your doctor check your feet on a regular basis.
8 Tips to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy

About Henry Henczel, DPM

A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Henry Henczel is one of the few podiatrists in the country who completed four years of Podiatric postgraduate surgical training. He has been a practicing podiatrist for more than six years and his clinical interests include; elective foot surgery, trauma surgery of the foot and diabetic foot salvage and reconstruction. A visit to his...

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  1. Posted by Jan

    Thankyou for tips,will be doing this for my daughter.

    October 14, 2019 8:11 pm Reply
  2. Posted by csortho feet

    Suffering from plantar fasciitis for over a year made shopping for shoe a difficult task. I had read about diabetic socks and thought I would take a gamble. They are by far the BEST shoe for me. I had cleared my pain up over the winter months and was ready to get back into my walking routine. I bought my diabetic socks and absolutely LOVE them. Can walk three miles and have no pain afterwards. My walking shoes have turned into my working shoes. I will order another pair as soon as I have time to look and decide.

    August 29, 2018 1:02 am Reply
  3. Posted by Hope Jacoby

    Awesome post. Great instruction for foot or ankle surgery. This post is very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

    August 27, 2018 3:55 am Reply

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