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Your Fabulous Feet - Diabetes education


Your Fabulous Feet

A person with diabetes is more vulnerable to foot problems because diabetes can cause damage to nerves and reduce blood flow to the feet. Healthy feet are a good reason to keep your glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure under control.


Clean Your Feet Daily

  • Wash with warm water and mild soap.
  • Dry your feet and toes.
  • Trim nails after bathing when they are soft—cut nails straight across.
  • Use lotion to prevent cracking. (Do not put lotion between toes and avoid lotions that are alcohol based.)

 

Check Your Feet Each Day

  • Examine the tops and bottoms of your feet.
  • Check for dry, cracked skin; blisters or sores; ingrown nails; swelling; change of sensation; color changes; change in temp.
  • Check the inside of your shoes for foreign objects or rough areas.

 

Protect Your Feet

  • Never go barefoot 
  • Break in new shoes slowly to prevent blister
  • Always wear cotton socks and shoes made of natural materials 
  • Contact your provider to treat problem area. Avoid self-treatment of any problem areas.  
  • Screening for foot complications should be a routine part of your medical visits.   

If you take care of your feet every day, you can lower your chances of losing a toe, foot, or leg due to diabetes complications.


Early Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty or hungry, even though you are eating
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in hands or feet

 

Risk Factors

  • Being 45 years of age or older
  • Being overweight
  • Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Being African-American, His­panic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American or Pacific-Islander
  • Having diabetes while pregnant or giving birth to a baby weighing 9 lbs. or more  

Early diagnosis of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes can prevent serious prob­lems later, including loss of eyesight or kidney damage. If you have some of the above risk factors, talk with your doctor about getting a blood test. You can also get a referral to meet one on one with a dietitian.

Learn about our diabetes and nutrition program.