Foot Care For Diabetes

The patients with diabetes usually have foot problems as it may damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet and hence it is important to take care of your feet. Here are some of the tips to take care of your foot.1


  • Wash your feet with mild soap and lukewarm water everyday2
  • Use lotion on your feet to keep the skin smooth2
  • If you get corns and calluses, visit your doctor for treatment2
  • Cut your toenails regularly3
  • Always wear shoes when you are walking2


  • Don’t wash your feet in hot water as it may cause burns2
  • Avoid using moisturizer between your toes2
  • Don’t use over-the-counter products to treat calluses or corns2
  • Don’t use a knife to trim your toenails2
  • Do not walk barefoot, especially in the garden or on the beach, you may get cuts3

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*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.


  1. WebMD. Diabetes Foot care. Available from . Accessed on 27-04-2018
  2. WebMD. Diabetes and your feet: Dos and Don’ts of Foot care. Available from: Accessed on 27-04-2018
  3. NHS. How to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Available from Accessed on 27-04-2018