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Diabetes Foot Care Tips: Dos and Don'ts continued...

DO: Always wear shoes when you’re on your feet.

DON'T: Don't walk around barefoot or only in socks.

DO: Make sure your shoes fit well and have plenty of room. It’s best to shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are usually at their largest.

DON'T: Don't wear shoes that feel tight.

DO: Choose shoes that are made of material that breathes, such as leather, canvas, or suede. Look for a cushioned sole to absorb pressure. Pick shoes with laces over loafers, because they provide better support.

DON'T: Don't wear sandals, high heels, flip-flops, or shoes with open or pointed toes.

DO: Replace your shoes when they show signs of wear, such as heels that are worn down on one side or inner lining that is torn. Check the insides of your shoes often for gravel, rough areas, or worn lining.

DON'T: Don't keep wearing shoes that have rough areas or torn pieces inside. Toss them and get a new pair.

DO: See your foot doctor to treat any problems, including corns and calluses.

DON'T: Don't try to treat calluses or corns yourself with over-the-counter products.

DO: Always wear clean, dry socks.

DON'T: Don't wear stretch socks or socks made of nylon.

DO: Choose well-padded socks in a cotton-based material and change them every day.

DON'T: Don't wear socks that have an inside seam or an elastic band at the top.

DO: Wear socks to bed if you have cold feet.

DON'T: Don't use water bottles, electric blankets, or heating pads on your feet, because they could cause burns.

DO: Wiggle your toes and move your feet around many times a day to keep the blood flowing.

DON'T: Don't stand in one position for a long time or sit with your legs crossed. These can block blood flow to your feet.

DO: Stay active. Aim to move your body at least 30 minutes a day. Ask your doctor what type of activity is best for you.

DON'T: Don't smoke. Smoking can also curb blood flow to your feet.

DO: Tell your doctor about any foot problems right away.

DON'T: Don't take your feet for granted. Instead, set aside some time every day to pamper them and help keep them healthy.