How can diabetes affect my feet? A diabetic foot owner’s manual.

Foot care for diabetes (videos):

 

Diabetic Foot: A Toenail Sketch:

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How can Diabetes Affect my Feet?

More information on the 3 minute foot exam can be found here.

Here is a diabetic foot guide for Native Americans and other First Nations peoples. 

20 simple steps to help your feet last a lifetime with #diabetes:
1.    Inspect your feet daily for blisters, bleeding, or lesions between toes. Use a mirror to see the bottom of the foot and the heel
2.    Have a family or friend check your feet if you are unable to do so.
3. Have regular foot examinations by your diabetic foot care specialist.
4. Always remove both shoes and stockings when visiting your doctor.
5. Always wear well-fitted stockings or socks with your shoes. Padded hosiery may reduce pressure and be more protective.
6. Inspect the soles and inside your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.
7. Shoes should be properly measured, comfortable, and easy to put on at the time of purchase.
8. Wear leather shoes with adequate room for the toes. Running or athletic shoes are best for recreational walking.
9. Change shoes every four to six hours.
10 . In cold weather, wear insulated boots or heavier socks. Be sure the shoes allow enough room to allow for heavier socks.
11. If you’ve lost sensation, do NOT walk barefooted in the house, outside, or at the beach.
12. Do NOT use hot water bottles or heating pads to warm your feet. Use warm socks instead.
13. Do NOT soak your feet.
14. Do NOT use acids or chemical corn removers.
15. Do NOT perform “bathroom surgery” on corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails.
16. Wash feet daily and be sure to dry well between the toes. Apply moisturizing cream liberally, but avoid between the toes.
17. Test the temperature of the bath water with your ELBOW or THERMOMETER. Do NOT let hot water drip onto your toes.
18. Call your foot care specialist immediately if you detect a new lesion or if your foot becomes swollen, red, or painful. Stay off your foot until you see your doctor.
19. Learn all you can about your diabetes and how it can affect your feet.
20. Maintain good diabetes control and do not smoke

More Links to Foot Health Resources

The National Diabetes Education ProgramExternal Web Site Icon, an initiative of CDC and the National Institutes of Health, provides several Web pages and publications with helpful information on foot care and diabetes care:
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation offers more resources:

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