Skincare for Diabetics

Some of the best information we’ve found is on the Joslin Diabetes Center Diabetic Foot Care page (affiliated with Harvard Medical School)

Here’s what they recommend:

Check your feet every day!

Foot problems can literally develop overnight. It is essential to check your feet daily for the following:

  • Cuts, blisters or sores
  • Change in temperature (hot or cold)
  • Change in color (pale, red, blue)
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Dry cracking skin
  • Sweaty skin
  • Athletes foot or other rashes
  • Signs and symptoms of infection
  • Corns and calluses

Call your doctor, podiatrist or other healthcare provider for:

  • Routine foot care such as toenail trimming
  • Treatment for warts, corns, or calluses
  • For any of the following conditions:
    •     cuts (break in skin) that has not healed in 2 days
    •     blisters or sores
    •     infection
    •     change in temperature of the skin or tissue or if the area around a wound becomes very warm
    •     swelling
    •     pain
    •     changes in skin color

How to take care of your feet

  • Look at your feet every day. Make sure there are no cuts or red areas. Use a mirror to see the bottom of your feet.
  • Don’t soak your feet. Wash them well with mild soap and water every day. Dry them very well, including between the toes.
  • Don’t go barefoot.
  • Wear shoes that fit well.
  • Buy socks designed to keep your feet comfortable (padded, minimal seams, not too tight).
  • Use lotion on your feet, but not between the toes.
  • Do not cut your toenails. File them instead, or have them trimmed by a foot doctor.
  • If you have poor circulation, nerve damage, or very thick toenails, see a foot doctor regularly. Also see a foot doctor if you have corns, calluses, or bunions.
  • If you do get a cut or scratch, take care of it right away. Wash it with mild soap and warm water. Use a mild ointment. Cover with gauze and paper tape or a fabric bandage. Make sure to change this often.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if the area does not heal or gets red or has any drainage.