Taking Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime
You Can Take Care of Your Feet!
Do you want to avoid serious foot problems
that can lead to a toe, foot, or leg amputation? Take Care of Your Feet for
a Lifetime tells you how. It's all about taking good care of your
Foot care is very important for people with
diabetes who have:
- Loss of feeling in their feet.
- Changes in the shape of their feet.
- Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal.
Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in
your feet. You may not feel a pebble inside your sock that is causing a sore.
You may not feel a blister caused by poorly fitting shoes. Foot injuries such
as these can cause ulcers which may lead to amputation.
Keeping your blood sugar (glucose) in good
control and taking care of your feet every day can help you avoid serious foot
Use this guide to make your own plan for
taking care of your feet. Helpful tips make it easy! Share your plan with your
doctor and health care team and get their help when you need it.
There is a lot you can do to prevent serious
problems with your feet. Here's how.
1. Take Care of Your Diabetes
Make healthy lifestyle choices to help keep
your blood sugar close to normal. Keeping your blood sugar under good control
may help prevent or delay diabetes-related foot problems as well as eye and
Work with your health care team to make a
diabetes plan that fits your lifestyle. The team may include: your doctor, a
diabetes educator, a nurse, a dietitian, a foot care doctor called a podiatrist
(pah-di'ah-trist), and other specialists. This team will help you
- Know how and when to test your blood sugar.
- Take prescribed medicines.
- Eat regular meals that contain a variety of healthy,
low-fat, high-fiber foods including fruits and vegetables each day.
- Increase your physical activity each day.
- Follow your foot care plan.
- Keep your doctor's appointments and have your feet, eyes,
and kidneys checked at least once a year.
2. Check Your Feet Every Day
You may have serious foot problems, but feel
no pain. Check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected
toenails. Find a time (evening is best) to check your feet each day. Make
checking your feet part of your every day routine.
If you have trouble bending over to see your
feet, use a plastic mirror to help. You also can ask a family member or care
giver to help you.
Make sure to call your doctor right away
if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after