Checklist for Healthy Feet

Daily exam:

  • Look for cuts or sores
  • Check for warning signs: redness, swelling, warmth, pain, slow healing, dry cracks, bleeding corns or calluses, tenderness, loss of sensation
Daily care:
  • Wash your feet daily and dry them carefully, especially between the toes
  • Use talcum powder
  • Do not cut corns or calluses - use a foot care specialist if needed
  • Keep toenails trimmed and smooth
  • Promptly treat dry skin or athlete's foot
  • Keep blood glucose under control
Periodic foot exam by your healthcare provider:
  • Once a year for everyone, every 3 - 6 months for people at high risk
  • Take off shoes and socks at every doctor visit
  • Check for sensation and foot pulses
  • Ask for a risk evaluation
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times
  • Don't wear shoes or socks that are too tight
  • Wear well-cushioned shoes
  • Buy shoes that are roomy and "breathe"
  • People with diagnosed foot problems may need special footwear

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