As the saying goes, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” This certainly applies to maintaining proper foot health, especially if you have diabetes. Daily washing with a mild detergent soap, especially between toes, as well as checking regularly for blisters, ulcers, inflammation or irregular skin growth is paramount to proper diabetes healthcare. The use of a hand mirror can help you inspect parts of your foot difficult to observe, especially if you have limited mobility. When foot ulcers do develop, it's important to get prompt care. A nonhealing ulcer that causes severe damage to tissues and bone may require surgical removal (amputation) of a toe, foot or part of a leg. Diabetic footPodiatry -common mistakes made by diabetic patients which can cost them their own foot(essentials that every diabetic patients should know to avoid diabetic foot infections) Hence educating normal diabetic patients about the common reasons why they end up in amputation would make them take steps to avoid it when they encounter similar predisposing factors for diabetic foot infections Those patients with loss of pain perception wear sandal with straps very tight for getting to know they are wearing footwear, these sometimes leads to compression for prolonged periods leading to blisters/infections A pregnant woman who has neglected diabetes symptoms may give birth to a too large or excessively grown baby. This can cause discomfort to the woman during the last few months of pregnancy and during delivery too. Extra large babies are more likely to become obese and they are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. They especially need to develop healthy eating habits and they need to exercise regularly as they grow up. This would reduce the chance of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Foot ulcers, lack of oxygen supply and peripheral nerve damage are the key factors in the development of diabetic foot ulcers. A recent study on the financial burden of diabetes on the common man in the country had found that 60% of diabetics irrespective of their socio-economic status pay for the expenditure incurred for treatment and management of the disease from their personal savings. This would amount to Rs 32,000/- per year and would only go up with complications and inflation. The only way to ward one from these complications is to adapt to healthy lifestyle choices and maintain your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels close to normal. Doing so may help prevent or delay diabetes-related problems affecting the heart, foot , eye and kidney. Diabetic nerve damage makes it very difficult for someone to tell if they're starting to develop a blister, cut, or even an infection. This can put them in a very high risk for developing serious problems. It is deceptive because you might be able to feel other things like the position of your feet , shoes and socks squeezing, but not a blister, cut or sore. Whilst prevention is always preferable do recognize when you need to engage the expertise of a professional. Use the above tips to prevent diabetic feet but if you subsequently experience foot ailments then visit a foot specialist.