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Diabetes: Tips for Daily Foot Care

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Your Daily Foot Exam Checklist continued...

Call Your Doctor if You Notice:

  • Changes in skin color.
  • Changes in skin temperature.
  • Swelling in your foot or ankle.
  • Pain in your legs.
  • Open sores on your feet that are draining or slow to heal.
  • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
  • Corns or calluses.
  • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.
  • Unusual and/or persistent foot odor.

How to Protect Your Feet:

  • Don't go barefoot.
  • Wear only flat shoes that cover your feet.
  • Break in new footwear gradually.
  • Make sure shoes fit properly.
  • Always wear cotton or wool socks.
  • Buy shoes when wearing your normal socks.
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Reviewed on October 28, 2011
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