Because you have diabetes, you will need to be especially careful to protect your feet from injury.
Wear shoes all the time. If you do not want to wear shoes indoors, wear slippers with hard soles and good support. Keep your shoes next to your bedside, and slip them on your feet as soon as you get out of bed. This will help you develop the habit of wearing footwear and will protect your feet.
Wear socks in bed if your feet are cold at night.
Apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet when they will be exposed to the sun.
Keep the walkways in your home clear. Pick up objects that you might trip over. Arrange the furniture so that you have a clear path through your house, especially a clear path to the bathroom at night.
Check your shoes
Always check inside your shoes before you put them on. Look and feel for loose objects, pebbles or dirt, a torn lining, rough spots, or anything else that could cause discomfort or injury.
Before putting on your shoes, check the soles of the shoes for any nails or tacks that may puncture your foot.
Things to avoid
Wearing tight shoes
Wearing shoes without socks or stockings
Walking barefoot, even indoors
Using hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet
Walking on very hot pavement or beach sand while barefoot or while wearing thin-soled shoes
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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