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Diabetic Foot Care:
Proper Diabetic Foot Care Can Help Prevent Foot Problems
 
Diabetes, a systemic disease resulting in an elevated blood sugar level, affects approximately 16 million Americans. Many complications are associated with diabetes, primarily vascular and neurologic. But diabetes can also result in many diabetic foot problems, so sufferers need to follow a special diabetic foot care routine.
 
Proper Diabetic Foot Care
 
Diabetic foot care is essential to preventing diabetic foot problems. If you have a diabetic foot, follow these diabetic foot care tips to avoid infection:
  • Take proper diabetic foot care precautions like inspecting your feet daily for blisters, bleeding and lesions between the toes. Use a mirror to examine the bottom of your feet as well.
  • Proper diabetic foot care includes wearing therapeutic footwear, including specially made diabetes socks, diabetes slippers, insoles, orthotics and other diabetic footwear.
  • Wear high and wide toe box shoes.
  • Good diabetic foot care includes wearing diabetic footwear that fits well and protects your feet.
  • Wear conforming removable insoles in your diabetic footwear.
  • Wear seamless diabetic socks and stockings to keep moisture away from your feet.
  • Use bed cradles to reduce the weight of heavy bedding on your diabetic foot.
  • Diabetic skin care is important! Wash your feet daily with warm, soapy water and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • Trim your toenails carefully, straight across, and do not gouge into the corners.
  • See your podiatrist on a regular basis. Contact one today to learn more about diabetic foot care.


Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
 
 
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