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How Diabetes Causes Foot Problems - Topic Overview

What you can do

Here are a few things you can do to make foot problems less likely:

  • Have your feet examined regularly by your doctor. The doctor will be able to detect any changes in your feet that mean a change in the way you walk. If you have an abnormal walk, your doctor may be able to equip you with appropriate shoes or inserts that will compensate for the changes in your muscle movement. By taking the pressure off parts of your foot that weren't designed to bear such weight, your doctor will be able to minimize your risk of both deformity and injury.
  • Keep your blood sugar in your target range. Keeping your blood sugar levels within the target range recommended by your doctor can lower your chances of getting neuropathy. This will lower your risk of having foot problems.
  • Check your feet for changes in skin color, cuts, blisters, and other problems. A foot exam should be part of your daily routine. Look at all areas of your feet, including your toes. Use a handheld mirror or a magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect your feet. If you can't see well, have someone else examine your feet for you.
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Last Updated: April 12, 2012
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