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What are some tips for diabetic foot care?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Diabetic Feet: An annual exam by a foot specialist at least annually if there are no associated foot issues/deformity. More frequently if neuropathy or other complicating features are present. A daily foot check for areas of irritation or wounds; if the latter is present, they should be seen and followed immediately. Check shoes for foreign objects before donning. Maintain good health and glucose control.

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Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Education is key.: Inspect feet and shoes daily. Check feet every day for cuts, bruises, wounds, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. Exercise and walking can keep weight down and improve circulation. Be sure to wear properly measured and fitted shoes. Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself. Control you blood sugar. Have regular checkups by a podiatrist.

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Dr. Libby Putnam answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Good habits. : Diabetics should get into the habit of checking their feet daily for changes. Keep them moisturized with good lotion rather than soaking (which can dry your feet out more, cause cracking and chapping), wear supportive, protective shoes at all times, and above all, keep strict control of your blood sugar. Controlling your blood sugar keeps your nerves healthy, and avoids ulcers and infections.

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered

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Check: Your feet daily and in between the toes. Keep your blood sugar under control. Excerise to keep blood flowing and see your podiatrist every 3-4 months for a profession examination.

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