7 Tips for Diabetes Foot Care

HealthAfter50 | Aug 11, 2016 Oct 5, 2016

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Stay on your toes

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

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

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2. Keep feet clean and dry

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

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

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

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

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

Smoking reduces blood circulation to your feet.

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