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Foot Care and Diabetes

Diabetes can affect your feet adversely and it can lead to:

  • Damaged blood vessels which reduce blood circulation and may cause slower healing or increase chances of infection

  • Damaged nerves which cause a loss of feeling due to which you may not realize when you've hurt your foot



Even if you do not experience these issues, you should take care of your feet if you're diabetic. Some of the steps you can take on a day-to-day basis are:

  • Assess your feet – nails, skin, the area between the toes – for any signs of injury or infection.

  • Use warm (not hot) water and mild soap to wash your feet gently.

  • After bathing, dry your feet (especially the area between your toes) in a gentle manner.

  • To add moisture, apply cream to your feet (not between your toes) after bathing. 

  • If your skin is moist, use rubbing alcohol or talcum powder to keep it dry.

  • Wear clean socks and shoes every day. Cotton or wool socks with smooth seams are recommended. Don't wear tight shoes and socks or shoes with seams rubbing on your toes.

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