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Toledo, OH 43623
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Foot Care

separator Make sure you know the risks for foot trouble, who your foot care provider should be and other tips for healthy feet.

Know the Risks for Foot Trouble
All people with diabetes need to pay special attention to their feet, but some are more at risk than others:

  • Poor sensitivity in the feet
  • History of foot problems
  • Other diabetes complications
  • Foot deformity, poor circulation or high weight

Keep Shoes in Good Condition
Keep your shoes in good condition. If the sensation in your feet isn't as good as it should be, you're less likely to notice if a defect in your shoe is causing a problem.

Keep Your Feet Warm
When your feet are cold, they don't sense discomfort as well as they should. Make sure to wear warm socks. At home, wear slippers in addition to socks.

See the Right Healthcare Provider
If you're in good health and don't have any of the complications of diabetes, it's okay to have your feet checked by the doctor who provides your routine diabetes care. If you have any foot deformities or other problems, it's best to have an orthopedic surgeon, wound care specialist, podiatrist or shoe specialist examine your feet.

Check your Feet after Sporting Activities
If you take up new sports in the winter, like ice skating or skiing, make sure to check your feet after these activities. The boots you wear can often rub and cause blisters.



Source:
The Family and Friends Guide to Diabetes. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, New York, 10158-0012, 2000; American Diabetes Association



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