Simple Steps to Care for Your FeetIN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
- Wash your feet every day with lukewarm (not hot) water and mild soap.
- Dry your feet well, especially between the toes. Use a soft towel and pat gently; don’t rub.
- Keep your feet dry by dusting them with non-medicated powder before putting on shoes, socks, or stockings.
- Keep the skin of your feet smooth by applying a cream or lanolin lotion, especially on the heels. If the skin is cracked, talk to your doctor about how to treat it.
- Check your feet every day. You may need a mirror to look at the bottoms of your feet.
- Call your doctor at the very first sign of redness, swelling, pain that doesn’t go away, or numbness or tingling in any part of your foot.
- Don’t treat calluses, corns, or bunions without talking to your doctor first.
- Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. It might help to soak your toenails in warm water to soften them before you cut them.
- Don’t let your feet get too hot or cold.
- Don’t go barefoot.
|Are Your Shoes Good for Your Feet?|
Your shoes are supposed to protect your feet, but could they be doing more harm than good? Because of the increased feet problems that people with diabetes experience, it’s important to choose your shoes wisely. Better later. Plan your shoe-shopping excursion for late afternoon or early evening. Because your feet are more likely to be a little swollen, you’re less likely to select size that’s too small. Smart start. Choose a shoe style that’s comfortable from the start. Don’t count on “breaking them in.” Custom comfort. If you’ve had trouble in the past with shoes that don’t fit, custom-molded shoes may be the right option for you. Talk with your doctor about specially made shoes and inserts.