Patient Education Series: Foot care for people with diabetes

March 2010 
Volume 40  Number 3
Pages 33 - 33
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Diabetes can damage nerves in your feet so you may not feel pain, heat, or cold. If you get a sore, blister, or cut on your foot, you might not notice it until it becomes infected. Other common foot problems (such as corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, and even dry skin) can lead to very serious infections in people with diabetes. If not treated, an infection can get so bad that toes or a foot may have to be amputated.Diabetes also slows down the blood flow to your feet, preventing a sore or infection from healing properly. Smoking makes blood flow problems even worse.Each day, take the following steps to care for your feet: * Look at your feet to check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or other problems. If you can't bend over or pull your feet up so you can see the bottoms, use a mirror or ask someone to help you. * Wash your feet in lukewarm water every day. Make sure you dry your feet well, especially between the toes. * If your feet feel dry, put a thin coat of moisturizing

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