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Foot Care & Diabetes

Proper foot care is important for diabetics because of the foot problems that can occur.
 
Diabetics are prone to foot problems such as:
  • Loss of feeling in their feet
  • Changes in shape of their feet
  • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal
The national institute of health has offered simple everyday steps to help prevent serious complications from diabetes:
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices to keep your blood sugar normal.
  • Check your feet everyday and make it part of your everyday routine.
  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water and be sure to dry between the toes.
  • Wear shoes & socks at all time.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet by putting your feet up when sitting and by wiggling your toes for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Do not cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Do not wear tight socks.
  • Do not smoke because smoking reduces the blood flow to your feet.

And remember to always discuss your foot problems with your doctor.


 

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