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What can happen to the feet with someone who has diabetes?


Individuals with diabetes are at risk of having poor circulation. They are also at risk for neuropathy (nerve damage). Poor circulation prevents foot tissues from fighting infection. Neuropathy often prevents an individual from feeling injuries to the feet.

Here are some tips that will help you take care of your feet:

  1. Make sure you use clean socks or stockings.
  2. Inspect your feet and between your toes daily.
  3. Never go barefoot.
  4. Cut your toenails straight across.
  5. Wear only comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
  6. If you have loss of sensation in your feet or have neuropathy, you may not be able to trust how a shoe feels to decide whether the fit is good for you. This is wear a shoe specialist who is trained to fit individuals with diabetes really helps.
  7. Have you doctor or podiatrist treat calluses, corns, plantar warts etc. Do not try to take care of these things by yourself.
  8. Get early treatment for foot problems of the sort:
    • an open sore on your foot (ulcer)
    • any infection in a cut or blister
    • a red, tender toe (possibly an ingrown toenail)
    • any change in feeling, such as pain, tingling, numbness or burning
    • any puncture wound, (if you step on a nail or thorn)

Foot care is extremely important if you are an individual with diabetes. Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash them every day with a mild soap. Dry them off carefully paying close attention to your toes. If the skin on your feet is extremely dry, you should apply lotion thinly everywhere with the exception of between your toes.


Original posting 13 Jun 1999
Posted to Complications


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