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Diabetes Foot Care

You're more likely to have foot problems with diabetes because it can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet. The American Diabetes Association estimates that it's the reason why one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so. 

You have to take care of your feet when you have diabetes. Poor foot care may lead to amputation of a foot or leg.

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Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause debilitating nerve pain.

Here's some helpful information:

Your doctor will check yours each year for problems. If you take good care of your feet, you can prevent most serious health problems associated with diabetes.

Wash and Dry Your Feet Daily

Use mild soaps and warm water.

Pat your skin dry; do not rub. Thoroughly dry your feet.

After washing, put lotion on them to prevent cracking. But not between your toes!

Check Your Feet Every Day

Look carefully at the tops and bottoms of your feet. Have someone else do it if you can't see them.

  • Check for dry, cracked skin.
  • Look for blisters, cuts, scratches, or other sores.
  • Check for redness, increased warmth, or tenderness when you touch an area.
  • Watch for ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses.

If you get a blister or sore from your shoes, don't "pop" it. Put a bandage over it, and wear a different pair of shoes.

Take Care of Your Toenails

Cut toenails after bathing, when they are soft. Trim them straight across, then smooth with a nail file. Avoid cutting into the corners of toes. You may want a podiatrist (foot doctor) to do it for you.

Don't cut cuticles.

Be Careful When Exercising

Walk and work out in comfortable shoes. Don't exercise when you have open sores on your feet.

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