Foot care

Proper foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Poor blood circulation can lead to nerve damage. Often, the first signs of poor circulation or nerve damage are tingling, burning, or stinging sensations in your feet.1 Nerve damage could lead to the loss of feeling in your feet. This is called neuropathy. This loss of feeling can make it difficult to sense temperatures like hot or cold, or to feel if you’ve injured your foot. This increases the chance of blisters or other wounds of becoming infected.1,2

In severe cases where a person has not paid proper attention to their feet, amputation of the foot or leg may be required.

How to care for your feet:2

  • To combat dry skin on the feet, apply a thin coat of moisturizing cream or petroleum jelly or similar product to seal in moisture after bathing.
  • Always allow a health care provider to remove any calluses or corns. Never cut or trim calluses yourself. This may lead to injury and potential infection.
  • Regularly inspect your feet for ulcers. If you have an ulcer present or developing, do not walk on the ulcer and contact your health care provider.
  • Schedule an annual foot exam with your health care provider.

To combat some of the foot complications that accompany diabetes, exercise and physical activity can aid in stimulating blood flow to improve blood circulation.

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