Foot problems increase if you suffer from diabetes. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation. Here's some basic advice for taking care of your feet:
- Always keep your feet warm.
- Don't get your feet wet in snow or rain.
- Don't smoke or sit cross-legged. Both decrease blood supply to your feet.
- Don't soak your feet.
- Don't use antiseptic solutions, drug store medications, or sharp instruments on your feet.
- Trim your toenails straight across. Avoid cutting the corners. Use a nail file or emery board. If you find an ingrown toenail, contact our office.
- Use quality lotion to keep the skin of your feet soft and moist, but don't put any lotion between your toes.
- Wash your feet every day with mild soap and warm water.
- Wear loose socks to bed.
- Try to wear seamless socks to avoid seems rubbing your feet.
- When drying your feet, pat each foot with a towel.
- Buy shoes that are comfortable without a "breaking in" period.
- Do not go barefoot.
- Check your feet daily for any cuts, bruises, wounds, or other injuries.
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