11 Simple Steps

If you live with diabetes you have a higher risk of developing foot problems. If not treated, these foot problems can lead to the amputation of toes, feet or limbs. The good news is early identification and appropriate treatment can prevent most amputations. This is why looking after your feet is so important. Here are some easy things you can do to keep your feet happy and healthy:

Are you putting your best foot forward? Check your risk level today.

Foot health check takes approx 2 mins

Daily foot care

Get to know your feet. Because some problems can get worse quickly, you should check your feet every day.

Look and feel:

Daily checks of your feet are important to catch any changes in the look and feel of your feet.

  • Injury: ulcer, cuts, bruises, new callus (hard skin)
  • Changes in feeling: new sensations – numbness, tingling or pain
  • Temperature: notice there are new temperature changes – hot or cold
  • Checking your feet at the same time every day is a great habit to get into. Maybe when you get in or out of bed? Or when you put your socks on or take them off? Find a time that works for you and stick to it.

Wash, dry, moisturise:

  • Our skin protects us against infection, keeping it clean and moisturised stops cracking. Cracked skin can let in bacteria in. Stopping cracking reduced the risk of infection.


  • Wear protective footwear that fits the shape of your foot
  • Wear clean socks to protect from rubbing and wick away sweat
  • Maintain toenails and seek assistance with corns or calluses. Corns and callus are areas of hard skin that build-up due to abnormal pressures occuring in the foot. If you have loss of sensation or blood flow they can cause ulcers. A foot specialist (podiatrist or similar) can help you manage.

Get help:

  • If you have trouble reaching your feet, use a mirror or ask a family member or carer to help
  • if you notice any changes or injuries, see your healthcare team as soon as possible