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April 18, 2013

Diabetes and your feet

Disease management must focus on head-to-toe health

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• Wash your feet daily. Don’t soak your feet, as it can dry out your skin, which can lead to infections.

• Be sure to dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes. Rub a doctor-recommended lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet – but not between your toes; moisture between the toes will allow germs to grow that could cause infection.

• Trim your toenails carefully. After washing and drying your feet, trim your toenails. Trim the nails to follow the natural curve, but don’t cut into the corners. If you can’t see well, or if your nails are thick or yellowed, get them trimmed by a foot doctor or another healthcare provider. If you see redness around the nails, see your doctor immediately.

• Never cut or use a razor on corns or calluses. Ask your doctor how to use a pumice stone to rub them.

• Protect your feet from heat and cold. Hot water or surfaces are dangerous to your feet. Test your bath water with your elbow and wear shoes and socks when you walk on hot surfaces. In summer, use sunscreen on the tops of your feet, and in the winter, wear socks and warm footwear to protect your feet.

• Always wear shoes and socks. Never walk barefoot – even indoors.

• Wear shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Don’t wear shoes that have plastic uppers, and don’t wear sandals with thongs between the toes. New shoes should be comfortable when you buy them. Always wear stockings or socks made of cotton or wool to help keep your feet dry.

• Be physically active. Physical activity helps increase the circulation in your feet. If you are not able to walk, ask your doctor about seated or reclining exercises for your feet and legs.

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