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Foot Care

Diabetes and Your Feet

  • Examine both feet carefully every day for injuries such as blisters, cuts, bruises, or infection. Use a mirror to look at the bottom of your feet.

  • It’s important to keep your feet clean. Bathe them daily in warm (not hot) water. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes. Use lotion.

  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. If needed, there are also special exercises to stimulate circulation.
  • Give up smoking to preserve optimal blood circulation.
  • Wear properly-fitted clean socks or stockings.
  • Soft leather shoes are best for daily wear. Shoes should be comfortable at the time of purchase. New shoes should be worn for short periods at first. Consult your doctor or podiatrist for shoe correction.
  • Cut toenails straight across and not too short. Buff calluses or corns carefully only with emory boards or pumice.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures of cold and heat. Test the water before bathing.
  • DON’T walk barefoot on hot surfaces such as sandy beaches and around swimming pools.
  • DON’T use chemicals on your feet.
  • If your feet feel cold at night, wear socks. DON’T apply hot water bottles or heating pads.
  • Ask for help if you find it hard to take care of your feet.
  • See your doctor or podiatrist regularly and be sure your feet are looked at.
  • Report injuries to your healthcare provider right away.

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