When you take care of your diabetes, you may lower your risk of long term problems that sometimes occur with diabetes.
Diabetes can affect both the feeling and circulation in your feet. You can injure your feet without knowing it. Foot infections are easy to get. Very serious infections cause the loss of a toe or foot.
Check your feet for (even between your toes).
numbness or tingling in any part of the foot
Use a mirror if you cannot see all parts of your feet.
Wash your feet everyday, again even between your toes. This is where germs can grow. Skin that is too soft and moist can break down of become a breeding ground for infections.
luke warm water / 5-
dry feet well, especially between the toes with a soft towel (blot)
Keep your skin soft and smooth
cut straight accross (after you wash your feet)
do not cut in corners or ingrowns; if you have trouble see or toenail is thick or yellow -
smooth with an emery board
Smooth corns and calluses
Wear shoes and socks at all times. Change your socks each day. Remember, you can hurt your feet going barefoot.Make
Make sure your shoes fit well
Check your shoe soles for holes, tacks, wear and tear.
Don't wear thongs
Check the temperture of your feet and protect your feet from hot and cold (no heating pads)
Keep the blood flowing to your feet
Walk every day to help your circulation
Be more active
Put yur feet up when you are sitting.
Wiggle your toes for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. Move your ankles up and down and in and out to improve blood flow in your feet and legs.
Don't cross your legs for long periods of time.
Don't wear tight socks, elastic or rubber bands, or garters around your legs
Don't smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to your feet.
If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work with your health care team to lower it.
Check with your doctor if you have a problem with your feet, don't try to fix it yourself.