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Podiatry Diabetic Care

You may think of diabetes as a blood sugar problem, and it is.

But the nerve and blood vessel damage caused by diabetes can become a severe problem for your feet if you develop Neuropathy . Neuropathy leads to and loss of feeling in your feet or hands. Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot is impaired. Damage to blood vessels and impairment of the immune system from diabetes make it difficult to heal these wounds.

How to take care of your feet:

Look at your bare feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots etc.Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet or ask a family member for help if you have trouble seeing.

Wash your feet every day with warm water. Water shouldn’t be too hot or too cold

Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry between the toes

Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the top and bottom of your feet.

Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses.

Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.

Never walk barefoot.