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How should you care for your feet when you have diabetes?

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Give your feet a little tenderness, a little loving care, each day. Have your doctor take a good look at your feet during each of your diabetes checkups in case you've missed anything.

  • Check both feet daily.
  • Wash with warm, not hot, water.
  • Make sure your shoes fit well.
  • Skip the barefoot look.
  • Speak up.
  • Stay soft, but dry.
  • Try non-impact exercise.
  • Fix bunion, corns, and hammertoes.
  • Consider fitted orthotics.
  • Control your blood sugar.

Dace L. Trence, MD, endocrinologist, director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy," "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Nervous System Healthy," "Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes." 

American Diabetes Association: "Strict Blood Glucose Control Helps Prevent Nerve Damage in People with Diabetes."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 11, 2019

Dace L. Trence, MD, endocrinologist, director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy," "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Nervous System Healthy," "Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes." 

American Diabetes Association: "Strict Blood Glucose Control Helps Prevent Nerve Damage in People with Diabetes."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 11, 2019

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