Patient Education

If you or a loved one experience difficulties due to wound management issues, the following information may be helpful to you:

Off-Loading Safety and Prevention for Diabetics
Safety Precautions for the Elderly Skin Care
Take Care of Your Feet Tips for foot Wear for Diabetics
Are You At Nutritional
Risk?
Your Doctor Says…You Have to Lower Your Cholesterol
Amputation Prevention Fact Sheet Charcot Joint Disease
General Foot Care Guidelines
Coping With Loss of Sensation
Dealing With Pain

Take Care of Your Feet

  1. Wash your feet at night with a mild soap and lukewarm (never hot) water.  If you have a wound on your foot, avoid getting soap on it.  Rinse your feet thoroughly and gently dry them, especially between your toes.

  2. If okay with your doctor, sprinkle a mild anti-fungus powder, like Desenex, between your toes.  Apply a cream, like Eucerin or lanolin, to the rest of your foot, particularly the heels, avoiding any open wound.  Do not put bream between your toes.

  3. Keep your feet warm.  Use woolen socks or wool-lined shoes in the winter and cotton socks in the summer.  Men should avoid all black nylon socks.  Women can wear nylons if they are the types that allow your skin to breathe.  Put on clean socks every day and make sure they are not too tight in the toes.

  4. Wear shoes that fit.  They should not have pointed toes.  Wear shoes or slippers around the house to protect your feet from injury.  If your feet perspire excessively, change shoes often in order to be certain that they will be dry when you put them on again.

  5. Cut your toenails in a very good light.  If you have trouble seeing, or are diabetic, have a Podiatrist cut your toenails for you.  If you do cut your own nails, cut them straight across and even with your toe tips, but not too close to the skin.  File any sharp edges with an emery board.  Do not cut down the corners of the nail or around the cuticle.

  6. Never apply concentrated heat like hot soaks, hot water bottles, electric heating pads or heat lamps to your legs or feet.

  7. Never trim corns or calluses or use corn plaster remedies.  Consult a podiatrist for these problems. 

  8. Never use strong antiseptic solutions on your feet.  If you have a cut on your foot, wash with an antiseptic soap like Dial. 

  9. Never use adhesive tape on your feet.

  10. Call the Wound Care Center if you have any foot problems.

    Desenex, Eucerin and Dial are manufacturer’s trademarks.  This information does not imply endorsement of the products or manufacturers.  No claims for product effectiveness or guarantee of outcomes if used are implied.