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Diabetic Foot

What is Diabetic Foot?

Diabetes can be potentially very dangerous for the feet, due to the potential for nerve damage, reduced blood flow and a weakened immune system. A small cut may go unnoticed (as might a rock in a shoe) and this could lead to an infection or wound that could put a diabetic patient at risk for amputation.

Some of the recommendations for preventative diabetic footcare include:

  • Daily foot inspection for cuts, blisters, corns, and ingrown toenails.
  • Washing feet in lukewarm water and drying off between the toes. Never moisturize between the toes as moisture tends to accumulate there and cause open sores.
  • Periodic foot exams by a podiatrist.
  • Never going barefoot. Wear shoes, sandals or slippers with a solid sole to protect against cuts or scrapes on the bottom of the foot.
  • Wear white or light colored socks so that if there is a cut of any sort you can see any bleeding.
  • Never cutting calluses yourself and being careful when cutting your nails, or getting this done by a podiatrist.
  • Keep blood sugars under control.
  • Do not smoke (smoking reduces blood flow in your feet).