“He’s making a list, checking it twice” is a common chorus on the radio this time of year. When you have a list of important things to do and remember, checking it twice is not a bad idea. People who struggle with diabetes should have a diabetic foot care list that they check at least daily. It will help you stay on top of your limb health, even when you’re busy.

Diabetic foot care is a crucial part of maintaining your lower limb health and comfort. It involves wearing the right shoes, good hygiene, daily foot inspections, and periodic foot exams. All of this can be a lot to remember, so keeping a checklist of things to do and problems to watch for may help. Here are a few things for your list:


  • Choose comfortable shoes that have arch support and plenty of cushioning in the soles.

  • Make sure the toe box is sufficiently long, deep, and wide for your toes to wiggle freely.

  • Use your custom orthotics if you need them.

  • Wear clean, fitted, moisture-wicking socks daily.

  • Rotate between shoe pairs every day so each has a chance to dry between uses.


  • Wash your feet with warm—not hot—water and mild soap daily.

  • Pat your feet dry with a soft towel.

  • Use moisturizer to keep skin soft, but don’t put lotion between your toes.

  • Consider using anti-fungal powder preventatively.

  • Trim toenails straight across. If you have peripheral neuropathy, you may need help to do this.


  • Look for small problems that could deteriorate into more serious issues—or be symptoms of a bigger problem—daily.

  • Check the tops, bottoms, sides, backs, and in between the toes.

  • Look for cuts, scrapes, blisters, bruises, skin or nail discoloration, calluses, corns, dry or flaking skin, ingrown nails, swelling, patches that feel warm or cold to the touch, lumps, bumps, and tenderness.


  • Have anything that you find examined and treated by experienced professionals, like our team at Carolina Podiatry Group.

  • Get yearly foot exams to have a thorough check for any potential complications and damage.

Don’t take diabetic foot care for granted. Preventing an ulcer or other complication is one of the best gifts you could receive this holiday season. Let Carolina Podiatry Group help. Contact our South Carolina offices for an appointment through the website or call (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster or (803) 548-FEET for Indian Land.

My older brother is diabetic, and sometimes we are really worried about him having this condition. I am not sure if he understands the risk of diabetes to his feet, like you explain here. As far as I know, he doesn't go in for checkups or take care of his feet really. I think it would probably be a really good idea for him to start following these routines to make sure that he doesn't have any issues with his feet. http://www.essendonfootclinic.com.au
by Grant Harper February 23, 2015 at 03:50 PM
Is there a kind of moisturizer that you would recommend for feet? I've been using Aveno for a long time, but I haven't seen much of a difference. I would really like to find one that specifically targets my problems. Could my podiatrist prescribe me some? http://www.alliedanklefoot.com/our-physicians.html
by Vivian Peazer February 13, 2015 at 03:31 PM
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