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Taking care of your feet is an important part of staying healthy when you have diabetes. Knowing your level of risk to have foot problems helps you know how to keep your feet healthy.
Your foot exam shows you are at high risk for serious foot problems.
You’re at high risk because you have 1 or more of the following:
Your healthcare provider will talk with you about any extra appointments you might need for your feet.
Stay off your foot when you have a sore
Eat a balanced diet to help your wound heal faster
Check your feet every day
Check your feet for sensation (feeling)
Wash your feet daily
Apply a moisturizer (lotion) to your feet every day
Have someone who is properly trained cut your toe nails
Foot care nurse: _________________________
Wear shoes that fit well
Always check for objects inside your shoes
If you smoke, try to quit or cut down
Get your feet checked by your healthcare provider often
Talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible (within 1 week) if you have any of these changes to your feet or legs. Ask if you need to see a specialist or have more testing.
Call your healthcare provider right away and ask for an appointment today, or go to the emergency department if you have:
To help care for your feet, you’ll need to closely watch your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Keep track of your results to make it easier to review and plan your care. You and your healthcare provider will decide on the best levels for you.
Blood sugar or A1C
Last diabetes foot exam
Last diabetes eye health exam
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca and type in diabetic foot care into the search bar.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Foot care checklist used with permission from Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Self-management table adapted from the New Brunswick Diabetes Foot Care Clinical Pathway.
Current as of: September 17, 2021
Author: Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.