Prevention is the key to keeping healthy feet. Control your blood sugar and practice good foot hygiene by taking care of your feet every day, wearing proper footwear, avoiding foot injury, and scheduling regular checkups with your doctor.

Control blood sugar levels

  • Eat healthy meals: Well-balanced meals with the right mix of starches, fruits and vegetables, proteins, and fats are especially important. Blood sugar levels are highest an hour or two after you eat
  • Exercise daily: Muscles use sugar for energy, and exercise improves your body’s response to insulin
  • Coordinate your medication with your meals, because too much or too little food in relation to your insulin medication may affect your blood sugar levels

Make foot care a part of your routine

Get checkups

  • Have your feet checked regularly by your doctor or podiatrist
  • Never skip a doctor’s appointment
  • Don’t remove corns or calluses by yourself. See your doctor for assistance

Care

  • Wash with a mild soap and water
  • Dry well between your toes
  • Apply lotion to the bottom of your feet (not between your toes)
  • Trim toenails regularly

Examine

  • Check for cuts, cracks, blisters, scratches, red spots, or swelling
  • If you cannot see the bottom of your feet, use a hand mirror
  • Call your doctor right away if you think you have a foot sore
  • Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection, including redness, swelling, drainage, fever, or pain

Protect

  • Wear clean socks
  • Wear proper fitting shoes (avoid high heels, tight shoes, and shoes without toe and heel protection, like sandals)
  • Avoid injury to your feet — avoid sun exposure, check the insides of your shoes before putting them on, and don't go barefoot
Practicing good wound care

Unhealed foot sores can lead to further complications. Timely treatment and good wound care is essential.

Learn about treatment
Diabetes and wound problems

The effects of diabetes can slow wound healing anywhere on the body. Small cuts and blisters can easily develop into deep sores.

Learn about diabetic foot sores
Important Safety Information

REGRANEX gel is indicated for the treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers that extend into the subcutaneous tissue or beyond and have an adequate blood supply when used as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, good ulcer care practices.

Malignancies distant from the site of application have been reported in both a clinical study and in posmarketing use. The benefits and risks of REGRANEX gel treatment should be carefully evaluated before prescribing in patients with known malignancy.

See complete prescribing information for more details.

Important Safety Information: REGRANEX gel is indicated for the treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers that extend into the subcutaneous tissue or beyond and have an adequate blood supply when used as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, good ulcer care practices.

Important Safety Information: REGRANEX gel is indicated for the treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers that extend into the subcutaneous tissue or beyond and have an adequate blood supply when used as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, good ulcer care practices.