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When you have
diabetes, your feet need extra care and attention.
Diabetes can damage the nerve endings and blood vessels in your feet, making you
less likely to notice when your feet are injured. Diabetes can also interfere with
your body's ability to fight infection. If you develop a minor foot injury, it
could become an
ulcer or develop into a serious infection.
Ulcers can be found on the bottom of your feet, or on the top or bottom of your
toes. With good foot care, you can prevent most of these problems.
Caring for your feet is easy. Most of the care can be done when you are
bathing and getting ready for bed. Preventing injury to your feet is merely a
matter of wearing properly fitted shoes and socks at all times.
These steps can help keep your feet healthy:
Here's how you can get
started caring properly for your feet.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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