7 Tips for Diabetes Foot Care

Melissa Caravella | July 7, 2017

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Stay on your toes

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If you have diabetes, proper foot care is essential if you want to avoid serious complications from the condition. Here are seven ways to keep your feet in great shape.

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1. Examine feet daily

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Check your feet every day for cuts, red spots, swelling, or signs of infection.

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2. Keep feet clean and dry

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Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water (use your elbow to test the water temperature). Apply talcum powder or cornstarch to keep the skin dry.

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3. Keep skin soft

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Apply moisturizer after bathing. Don’t put lotion or cream between your toes, which can lead to infection.

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4. Cut your nails carefully

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Trim toenails with nail clippers straight across and file the corners. See a podiatrist if you have any trouble with nail care.

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5. Always wear shoes

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Don’t walk barefoot, even indoors. Wear properly fitting shoes or slippers—never sandals or flip-flops—with loose-fitting socks.

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6. Rough spots? See your doctor

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Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself. Consult with your doctor, and never use medicated pads or liquid removers.

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7. Don't smoke

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Smoking reduces blood circulation to your feet.

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