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12 foot care tips for diabetics

Diabetes is a condition that can be detrimental to your feet. If you have diabetes, regular foot care is necessary to prevent serious problems. Giving special attention to your feet can help you prevent foot problems that could lead to the loss of a toe, foot or leg. Follow these 12 tips to take care of your feet.

diabetes foot care tips

  1. Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling.
  2. Wash your feet daily, and dry carefully between your toes.
  3. Use moisturizing cream to your feet, ankles, and legs daily – do not apply between your toes.
  4. Cut your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
  5. Keep your feet warm and dry during the winter months.
  6. During the winter months wear loose fitting socks to bed, and never use heating pads or hot water bottles.
  7. Wear comfortable shoes – never wear open-toed shoes or sandals with fabric between toes.
  8. Never walk barefoot, even indoors.
  9. Do not smoke – smoking significantly reduces blood circulation.
  10. Ask your podiatrist about orthotics and insole options.
  11. Never perform “bathroom surgery” – if you have ingrown toenails, corns or calluses, ask your podiatrist to look at it.
  12. Talk to your primary care physician – controlling your diabetes is the best way to prevent diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

About the author

Dr. David Bastawros
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David S. Bastawros, DPM, CWSP is a board certified podiatrist and also a board Certified Wound Care Specialist - Physician®. He is the Medical Director for Wound Management, Limb Preservation and Diabetic Foot at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. His practice is at the Baylor Plano campus is primarily focused on the diabetic foot. He is married with a son and a daughter.

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