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Best Diabetes Foot Care Tips

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If you don't take care of your feet, you run the risk of developing sores or infections that could, in the worst case, lead to amputations. Like it happened to my stepfather. Reduce your risk of infection or amputation by incorporating these 7 foot care tips…

1) Check your feet daily, especially if you have little or no sensation in your feet. Wounds, cuts and scrapes can go unnoticed and you could develop problems that could lead to amputations.

2) Do not walk barefoot, even indoors. It's easy to step on something or stub your toes and cut yourself. Protect your feet with socks/stockings and
high heel shoes.

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3) Be careful if you have corns or calluses. Consult your doctor or podiatrist on the best way to care for them.

4) Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water, NOT HOT. And don't soak your feet (even if you've been standing all day) because you could dry out your skin and form cracks or sores.

5) Be very careful to dry your feet well, especially between the toes. They are natural moisture traps - leaving them damp or wet could create all sorts of problems.

6) Regularly exercise your legs and feet. Even seated, you can rotate your ankles; wiggle your toes or move your legs up and down. All of this keeps your blood flowing and helps minimize the risk of foot problems.

7) Have your feet checked by a professional at least once a year for any tenderness and any signs of trouble. You can usually set it up during your annual check of your AC1 levels (blood glucose levels over a 3 month period), blood pressure and cholesterol.

Take constant care of your feet. Get help from a family member or a professional; Doctor, diabetic nurse or podiatrist if you cannot bend down to cut your nails or check for wounds. Taking these simple steps will help reduce your risk of painful problems.

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