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Diabetic Foot Care Patient Teaching Handout

Posted by Patty Jampolsky on Feb 17, 2017

diabetic-teachingDiabetic Foot Care Patient Education Handouts

Examine your feet daily AND AFTER ANY INJURY, no matter how minor.

  • Report any abnormalities to your physician.
  • Use a water-based moisturizer every day (but not between your toes) to prevent dry skin and cracking.
  • Wear cotton or wool socks.
  • Avoid elastic socks and hosiery because they may impair circulation.

Make your home safe to prevent tripping, stubbing toes, falling.

  • Remove cords, papers, books, clothes, and shoes—all items—from stairs and walkways.
  • Remove small throw rugs from stairs and walkways.
  • Make sure walkways and stairs are well-lit.


Always trim your nails with a safety clipper.

  • NEVER use scissors. 
  • Cut nails straight across and leave plenty of room out from the nail-bed or “quick”.
  • If you have vision problems, or difficult holding the clippers, let your doctor trim your toenails or train a family member.


Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

  • See a foot doctor (podiatrist) for fitting recommendations or shop at a shoe store specializing in fitting people with diabetes.


Perform daily exercise

  • Engage in at least 15 minutes of daily exercise: walking, stationary cycling, rehabilitation exercises, etc.


Download this Diabetic Foot Care Handout

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