Diabetic Foot Care

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in San Diego, CA

Diabetic Foot Care

If you’re a diabetic, paying attention to the health of your feet is extremely important. At North Park Podiatry in San Diego, California, Trent Brookshier, DPM, and the team are diabetic foot care experts who can guide you on how to care for your feet and address any concerns you might have. Call or book online today to schedule an appointment.

Diabetic Foot Care Q&A

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care is a comprehensive approach to maintaining the health of your feet when you have diabetes. It involves a combination of daily self-care practices and regular professional assessments to prevent complications and address any issues that may arise. The goal is to avoid serious conditions like foot ulcers and infections.

Why are diabetics susceptible to foot problems?

People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems due to several factors, including:

Nerve damage (neuropathy)

High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves in your feet, leading to reduced sensation. 

Poor circulation

Diabetes can affect blood flow, making it harder for your body to heal wounds. 

Skin changes

Dry skin, calluses, and cracked skin are common in diabetics, making the feet more susceptible to injuries and infections.

Foot deformities

Conditions like hammertoes or bunions are more common in people with diabetes, further increasing the risk of developing foot problems.

What does diabetic foot care require?

Diabetic foot care involves several essential practices:

Daily inspection

Regularly examine your feet for cuts, blisters, redness, or any signs of irritation. 

Wash and dry your feet

Clean your feet daily with mild soap and warm water, but avoid soaking them for extended periods. Afterward, thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes.


Apply a gentle, diabetic-friendly moisturizer to prevent dry skin, but avoid applying it between the toes.

Proper nail care

Cut your toenails straight across the top without trimming them too short.

Wear proper footwear

Choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes that don't cause friction or pressure. 

Regular medical checkups

Visit North Park Podiatry for regular foot exams and to address any issues you might not have noticed.

When is medical diabetic foot care necessary?

You should consult with the team promptly if you experience any of the following:

  • Sores or wounds that do not heal
  • Signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, or pus
  • Ingrown toenails or fungal infections
  • Changes in skin color, temperature, or sensation
  • Any foot pain or discomfort that doesn't improve

Proactive diabetic foot care prevents complications and maintains your overall well-being. By adopting these practices and seeking medical attention when necessary, you can minimize the risks associated with diabetes and keep your feet healthy.

If you’re a diabetic with foot care concerns, reach out to North Park Podiatry today by phone or online.