Check your feet every day: You should check your feet every day for any blisters, breaks in the skin, pain or any signs of infection such as swelling, heat or redness. (If you cannot see well enough to do this for yourself, ask someone to assist you.
Wash your feet every day: You should wash your feet every day in warm water using a mild soap. Rinse your feet thoroughly and dry them carefully, especially between the toes. Do not soak your feet as this may damage your skin.
Minor cuts and blisters: If you check your feet and discover any breaks in the skin, minor cuts or blisters, then cover the area with a sterile dressing. Do not burst blisters. Contact your foot health practitioner or GP immediately.
Socks, stockings and tights: You should change your socks, stockings or tights every day. They should have no bulky seams and the tops should not be elasticated.
Avoid walking barefoot: If you walk barefoot you risk injuring your feet by stubbing your toes or standing on sharp objects which can damage the skin.
Check your shoes: Wear soft leather shoes, look for stitching and decorative features which may cause rubbing of the foot. Check the bottom of your shoes before you put them on to make sure nothing sharp has pierced the outer sole.
Avoid Extremes of Temperature: Avoid extremes of temperatures, beware of burning your feet in front of the fire – you may not feel the heat. Also protect your feet against the cold and chilblains.
Hard skin and corns: Do not attempt to remove the hard skin or corns yourself. Do not use over-the-counter corn remedies. They are not recommended for anyone with diabetes as they can damage the skin and that can create problems.
Always have your nails trimmed by a qualified professional.