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

Tips for Foot Wear for Diabetics

Shoes:

  • Buy only comfortable, well-fitting shoes.  Have a clerk fit them for you.  Walk around in them to be sure they are comfortable.
  • Buy new shoes late in the day.  Feet enlarge slightly during the day and shoes that fit in the morning may be too tight by noon.
  • Choose shoes with soft leather uppers that can mold to the shape of your feet.  Modern walking or running shoes may be beneficial. 
  • Check with your doctor before wearing or buying sandals, particularly those with things between the toes.
  • Avoid buying shoes with open toes or heels.
  • Have your doctor or podiatrist inspect new shoes to be sure of proper fit and construction.
  • Never wear new shoes more than two hours at a time to be sure that they do not rub or cause pressure points.
  • Don’t wear any shoes more than five hours at a time.  You should have one pair for morning, one for the afternoon, and one for the evening around the house it at all possible.
  • Never wear shoes without socks or stockings.
  • Always inspect the inside of your shoes carefully before putting them on and after taking them off.

Hosiery:

  • Never wear socks or stockings of 100% synthetic materials.  Proper materials include 100% cotton and blends.  Wool should not be worn except in winter, and then only if you are sure that they do not irritate your skin.  Check with your physician or podiatrist for socks or stockings made specifically for people with diabetes.
  • Never wear socks or stockings with seams.
  • Wear only clean socks, and change them daily.
  • Inspect socks or stockings carefully before and particularly after wearing them.