July 20, 2018

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  • Basics of Diabetes Foot Care

    If you have diabetes, foot care is vital. Follow these recommendations carefully and see your health care provider regularly.

  • 1

    Check your feet every day.

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    Look for cuts, red spots, swelling or signs of infection.

  • 2

    Wash your feet daily.

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    Use lukewarm water (test the water temperature with your elbow). Apply talcum powder or cornstarch to keep the skin dry.

  • 3

    Keep skin soft by applying moisturizer.

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    Don’t put lotion or cream between your toes, which can lead to infection.

  • 4

    Trim toenails with nail clippers.

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    Clip them straight across and file the corners. See a podiatrist if you have any trouble with nail care.

  • 5

    Don’t walk barefoot, even indoors.

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    Wear properly fitting shoes or slippers—never sandals or flip-flops—with loose-fitting socks. 

  • 6

    Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself.

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    Consult with your doctor, and never use medicated pads or liquid removers.

  • 7

    Don’t smoke.

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    Smoking reduces blood circulation to your feet.This article was adapted from Health After 50.