You're more likely to have foot problems with diabetes because it can damage your nerves and lessen blood flow to your feet. The American Diabetes Association estimates that it's the reason why 1 in 5 people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so.
You have to take care of your feet when you have diabetes. Poor foot care may lead to amputation of a foot or leg;
doctor will check yours each year for problems. If you take good care of your feet, you can prevent most serious problems related to diabetes.
If you get a blister or sore from your shoes, don't "pop" it. Put a bandage over it, and wear a different pair of shoes.
Walk and work out in comfortable shoes. Don't exercise when you have open sores on your feet.
Are your shoes too narrow? Is your foot crammed into the shoe? If you have neuropathy (nerve damage), you may not notice that your shoes are too tight.
Use this simple test to check:
People with diabetes should wear shoes that have:
Don't wait to treat a minor foot problem if you have diabetes. Report foot injuries and infections right away. Follow your doctor's guidelines and first aid guidelines.
Don't self-treat your corns, calluses, or other foot problems. Go to your doctor or podiatrist to treat these conditions.
Check water temperature with your elbow, not your foot.
Don't cross your legs.
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