Caring For Diabetic Feet


About ComfeetDiabetes affects about one-quarter of our population. We have about 200 amputations a year. If you are diabetic you need to take your feet seriously. Healthy feet mean that you are aware of what is good and bad about your feet all the time.

On a daily basis:

  • Wash your feet daily with warm water and dry between your toes carefully.
  • Apply a small amount of cream to the feet after drying carefully if the feet are a bit dry. DO NOT USE CREAM BETWEEN THE TOES.
  • Cut toenails with a toenail clip (not with knives, razors, scalpels etc.)

Diabetic foot care – DO’s

Examine feet daily, if you have poor eyesight have a relative or friend examine them for you.

  • Things to look out for include:
  • Cuts, blisters, scratches and discolorations, (swelling, warm and red).
  • A Registered Podiatrist should treat all corns and calluses.
  • Inspect your shoes and socks daily for objects that may not be felt by the feet due to the loss of feeling in your feet (neuropathy).
  • Select fitted, seamless socks and do not wear mended socks or hosiery.
  • Exercise every day for approximately 30 mins. This helps with circulation in your feet.
  • Keep your diabetes under control at all times, it is a sure way to avoid complications or and delay the onset.
  • Consult with a Podiatrist for assistance with any of the above.

Neglect of a diabetic foot problem can lead to severe complications.