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Take Charge of your Diabetes


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.

EVERY DAY!!!!

Check your feet for (even between your toes).  

  • cuts/scratches

  • sores/blisters

  • red spots

  • swelling/prolonged pain

  • toe nails

  • infections

  • 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 / 5-7 minutes if soaking

  • dry feet well, especially between the toes with a soft towel (blot)


Keep your skin soft and smooth

Cutting Toenails

  • 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 - see a PODOLOGIST

  • 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.

 
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