- Keep your blood sugar levels under control. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves in the feet, increasing the risk of foot problems.
- Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, sores, or any other changes. Use a mirror or ask someone else to help you check hard-to-see areas.
- Wear properly fitting shoes and socks. Avoid going barefoot, and choose shoes with good support and a wide toe box to allow room for your toes. Avoid tight socks or hose that might constrict blood flow to your feet. Also, avoid high heels, as they can cause foot problems.
It is also important to see a healthcare professional regularly for checkups and to receive proper treatment for any foot problems that may arise. If you have diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) or poor circulation, you may need to see a podiatrist (foot doctor) or other specialist for proper care.
Finally, just to gild the lily,
…and Du Fu- Diabetic Foot…a silent thief