Diabetes and Foot Health 

Foot care tips if you have diabetes

  • See an NHS or private podiatrist at least once per year for a diabetes check-up.  

  • Keep your feet clean, dry and free from infection.

  • Make sure your shoes fit well and that they do not rub or pinch. This can lead to corns/calluses and nail problems.

  • Avoid walking in bare feet as this can lead to cuts and abrasions.

  • Try not to sit cross legged as this can restrict circulation.

  • Cut or file your toenails regularly.

  • Get corns or hard skin treated by a podiatrist.  

When to see a Podiatrist or GP

Seek treatment from your podiatrist or GP if blisters or injuries do not heal quickly.

You should see your doctor urgently if you notice:


  • Breaks in the skin of your foot, or discharge seeping from the wound

  • Your foot changes colour and becomes more red, blue, pale or dark 

  • Extra swelling in your feet where there was a blister or injury

  • Redness or swelling around an ulcer or in an area where you've previously been warned to seek immediate attention

The College of Podiatry have produced an excellent leaflet with lots of advice for people with diabetes. Click here to view it.