Diabetic Foot Care Do’s and Don’ts

Still need a bit of guidance when it comes to diabetes and your feet? Here are a couple do’s and don’ts


  • Check your feet everyday (for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, and other nail problems)
  • Check your blood glucose levels routinely
  • Make healthy food decisions
  • Exercise
  • Gently bathe your feet
  • Keep your feet warm and dry
  • Consider using antiperspirant on your feet
  • Shake out your shoes before wearing them
  • Moisturize your feet (NOT in between your toes)
  • Tell your doctor of any fear regarding poor circulation
  • Get regular podiatric foot exams


  • Don’t ignore abnormalities/pain
  • Don’t use medical pads without your doctor’s approval
  • Don’t walk around barefoot
  • Don’t wear tight shoes
  • Don’t walk around without socks
  • Don’t soak your feet in hot water
  • Don’t expose your feet to the cold
  • Don’t smoke

Have more questions or looking for a podiatrist to help you with your diabetic foot care? Call us today at 301-441-2655 to schedule an appointment

Source: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

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