| You have probably heard about
the importance of foot care. Foot infections
or ulcers are signs of vascular complications. Therefore, daily
foot care is essential. You (or another
person) must inspect your feet every day. Set aside a
regular time to check your toes for blisters, cuts,
scratches, cracks, corns, and calluses. Also examine the
balls of your feet for dryness and skin cracks. Have your doctor
or podiatrist routinely examine your feet on your
scheduled office visits.
- Wash feet daily; always dry
carefully between the
- Powder feet and shoes after
- Use a mild lubricating
lotion to protect the feet from cracking and
Use the lotion over the entire foot, but NOT
between the toes or on the
toes. For more
severe peeling or cracking, use A & D ointment
(available in the baby care section of your pharmacy)
at night before going to bed.
- Cut the toenails straight
across; if your vision is poor, ask a family member to
help or have your doctor or podiatrist provide the
proper foot care.
- Keep feet warm and
- Wear loose fitting socks to
bed if your feet are
- Wear comfortable,
- Break in new shoes carefully
to avoid blisters.
- Inspect the inside of shoes
daily for foreign objects or torn
- Check your feet daily for
blisters, cuts, or infections.
- Check your socks or
stockings for drainage or unusual
- Don't smoke or use tobacco
in any form.
Nicotine reduces the blood
- Don't walk barefoot
- Don't use hot foot soaks,
heating pads, or hot-water bottles on your feet or
- Don't keep feet too moist or
- Avoid exposure of the feet
to extremes of hot and
- Don't use chemicals or corn
plasters to remove corns and
- Don't use adhesive tape on
- Don't use perfumed
- Avoid open-toed shoes,
particularly sandals with thongs between the
- Don't wear socks with holes
- Don't walk on an injured
Remember, contact your doctor
or podiatrist if you have athlete's foot, an ingrown
toenail, cuts, sores, discoloration, or pain in your
feet or calves.