When you have
diabetes, you need to examine your feet every day.
Look at all areas of your feet, including your toes. Use a handheld mirror or a
magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect
your feet. If you can't see well, have someone else use this checklist to
examine your feet for you.
Using this checklist helps you
remember to examine all areas of your feet.
Show the area to your doctor at your next
visit. This is very important.
Do not use products sold in drugstores
to remove corns, calluses, or other problems.
Do not use a pumice stone
on calluses unless your doctor or foot doctor (podiatrist) shows you how to use
Do not cut, file, or do anything that may break the
skin on your feet.
Peeling skin or tiny blisters between your
toes or cracking and oozing of the skin
This may be
athlete's foot. Treating athlete's foot early can
prevent serious foot infections. See the topic Athlete's Foot for more
To prevent athlete's foot, wear shower
shoes or bathing shoes when you use public showers or pools. Otherwise, keep feet dry.
Keep feet clean. Wear clean socks every day.
treat athlete's foot without first seeing your doctor or podiatrist.
Moisture between your toes
Dry between your toes well. Moisture between
your toes provides a good place for bacteria and fungi to grow, causing
Feelings of numbness, burning, or "pins and
If you have new numbness or tingling in your
feet that does not go away after changing position, call your
Do not try to treat a foot ulcer at home.
Call your doctor immediately. If you check your feet regularly, you usually
will see a problem before it becomes an ulcer.
Do not treat an ingrown toenail at home. Call
your doctor for an appointment.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 16, 2013
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