The best way to treat a foot ulcer is to prevent one

 Doctor examining foot

People living with diabetes should make foot care an important part of their daily healthcare routine. Taking care of your feet can help prevent open sores or wounds on your feet. These sores are called diabetic foot ulcers.

Check your feet every day for anything that doesn’t look normal – ask a family member or friends for help if needed. Have your feet checked by a physician at least once a year.

What you can do

  • Be more active – move toes and ankles when sitting
  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet
  • Use lotion on feet if needed, but not between toes, where fungus can grow
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times to reduce risk of injury
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold

Talk to your doctor

  • About whether or not you could benefit from special shoes
  • About nail care

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Find a doctor or podiatrist

Talk with your primary care doctor or podiatrist about problems as soon as you see them. Make sure you remove your shoes and socks when you visit your doctor.

If you don’t have a primary care physician or podiatrist or need a new one, search the Humana providers network.