7 Tips for Preventing Diabetic Foot Complications
  1. Check your feet every day.  If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or have someone else check your feet.
  2. Do not walk barefoot or only in socks.  There are all kinds of things on your floors and carpet that may have fallen that you could step on and cut yourself with.  This is especially important for diabetics with nerve damage (neuropathy) and may not feel the pain from the object.
  3. Keep good control of your blood sugars.  This will help prevent or slow the progression of your neuropathy and help you heal faster if you do have a wound. 
  4. Be sure to trim your toenails straight across and leave them just a little longer.  This will usually prevent ingrown toenails. 
  5. Wear supportive shoes that aren’t worn out.
  6. If you notice any changes to your skin, including a sore, increased redness, swelling, pain, warmth or other worsening conditions, it is important to see your podiatrist or seek medical attention to be evaluated. 
  7. See your podiatrist regularly for check ups to prevent foot issues.