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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 low risk for having foot problems.
At this time you have no concerns with your nails or skin. Your foot examination shows that you have no open sores, no feelings of numbness, tingling, burning or throbbing in your feet. No loss of sensation (feeling) in your feet has been found with a monofilament test done by your healthcare provider. You also don’t have any changes to the shape of your foot.
Even though you‘re low risk, you can still develop foot problems. These may include problems with:
If you see any of these problems, make an appointment to see your healthcare provider within 1 month or sooner. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about any extra appointments you might need for your feet.
Check your feet every day
Check your feet for sensation (feeling)
Wash your feet every day
Apply a moisturizer (lotion) to your feet every day
Cut your toenails straight across
Foot care nurse: ______________________
Wear shoes that fit well
Check for objects inside your shoes
Get a complete foot check-up once a year
If you smoke, try to quit or cut down
Talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible (within 1 week) if you see 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 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 what the best levels are 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.