Because you have
diabetes, you need to wash your feet carefully each
day. Post this list of proper foot-washing steps in your bathroom.
Wash and dry your feet
Use warm (not hot) water. Check the water
temperature with your wrists, not your feet. You can soak your feet for about
10 minutes if you want to.
Wash all areas of your feet, especially
the underside of your toes and between them. Use a mild soap.
your feet dry. Don't rub the skin on your feet.
between your toes. If the skin on your feet stays moist, bacteria or a fungus
can grow, which can lead to infection.
Apply lanolin or other moisturizing skin
cream to keep the skin on your feet soft and to prevent calluses and cracks.
But do not put the cream between your toes.
your toenails carefully. Do not use a sharp object to clean underneath your
toenails. If you can't see well, have someone do this for you or have your foot
specialist do it regularly.
Trim and file your toenails straight
across. Trimming them straight across instead of rounding them will help
prevent ingrown toenails. Use a nail clipper, not scissors. Use an emery board
to smooth the edges. Do not use a sharp-pointed file or stick to clean around
the nail. If you can't see well or if your nails are thick, split, or yellowed,
have them trimmed by your doctor or a foot specialist
Use a pumice stone to prevent calluses only if your
doctor has shown you how to use it properly.
Put on clean socks
Do not use strong antiseptic soaps, chemicals (such as Epsom salt;
iodine; or corn, callus, or wart removers), or perfumed skin lotions on your
Do not cut or pick at the skin (cuticles) around your
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