Foot Care For People With Diabetes

My last two posts have been a clinical assesment of foot care for diabetics.  For those suffering from this complaint the following advice should help to protect your pair of feet and minimise the risks of deterioration.   And always get professional advice whenever you suspect anything may be wrong.

  • Inspect feet daily for cuts, bruises, or any changes in shape
  • Always wear shoes & socks even indoors
  • Chemical agents or plasters to remove corns or calluses should not be used
  • Wash feet daily & dry thoroughly, especially between the toes
  • Wear correctly fitting shoes; always feel & look inside them; look for red areas on the feet
  • Cut toenails to the curve of the nail; file with an emery board
  • Don’t soak feet
  • Protect your feet from very hot or very cold conditions
  • Try to avoid putting pressure on the legs with tight sock tops, knee highs or garters
  • Moisturize dry skin to make it more flexible
  • Don’t be afraid to ask – get professional advice early
  • Take good care of your pair


Andrew has taught at the University as well as providing podiatry services in South Africa since 1977. Twice chair of the Podiatry Association of South Africa and a commentator on care of your feet on both radio and television he now works in private practice in Cape Town and Hout Bay.