Inspect your feet daily. Look for redness, swelling, open sores or drainage. Use a mirror to look at the sole (underside) of your foot.
Prevent dry brittle skin. Avoid soaking your feet. Wash your feet with warm soapy water. Be sure to dry well between your toes. If the skin is dry, rub on a small amount of low-fragrance skin lotion.
Don't "self-treat" sore feet with heat unsupervised, especially if you have nerve damage (neuropathy). The heat can burn your sensitive skin.
Get help trimming your toenails to avoid ingrown toenails or injury. Your diabetes may have affected your vision or you may not be as limber as necessary to do a safe job trimming your nails.
Poorly fitting shoes can cause sensitive pressure areas and impair circulation, which can lead to infection of the skin, muscle, and bone.
Remember to check your shoes periodically for signs of wear, foreign objects or insects. Be aware that your diabetes may cause a loss of feeling or poorer circulation. Shoes that rub can cause foot or skin pain.
Don't use caustic medicines to treat your own corns or calluses. The chemicals can burn your sensitive skin and lead to serious infection.
Going barefoot is strongly discouraged. Walking barefoot increases the risk of injury or infection to your toes and feet. The only place to go barefoot is in the shower
Sandals with thongs can cause friction between your toes. Friction can lead to redness in the skin and in turn, can cause a break in the skin and the beginning of an infection.
The single most important thing you can do to protect your feet is to control your sugar through diet and exercise.