The 10 Commandments of Diabetic Foot Management
…to Help Avoid Infections and Amputations
- Thou shall not go barefoot. This goes for inside and outside of the home. You could step on something and not know it if you have numbness.
- Thou shall not ignore any sore on your foot. Even a small sore can lead to a major infection.
- Thou shall not use medicated products on your feet. Never ever use a medicated corn pad or callus pad.
- Thou shall not use creams or lotions between the toes. This can lead to excessive moisture ultimately causing an infection.
- Thou shall see a podiatrist at least once a year for a thorough evaluation.
- Thou shall not soak your feet unless advised by a doctor. Excessive water will make your skin dryer. Really.
- Thou shall use a moisturizing cream or lotion on the bottom of your feet regularly to avoid cracks in the skin. Dry skin is an unfortunate reality of having diabetes.
- Thou shall inspect your feet daily especially if you have numbness. Please use a mirror to see the bottom of your feet.
- Thou shall wear diabetic shoes and insoles if prescribed by your podiatrist. Wearing the right shoes and insoles can go a long way toward avoiding major diabetic foot complications.
- Thou shall not try to self-treat an ingrown toenail. Infections and amputations have been the result in very unfortunate circumstances.
- Bonus: Thou shall not ignore a new foot pain that lasts more than a week. Ignoring foot pain can only lead to more serious consequences.