Did you know that the human foot contains 26 bones? Caring for your feet is important to your health—especially if you have diabetes. Find out why now!
Your feet are the foundation of your body. Problems with or pain in your feet can affect your knees, hips, lower back, and more, so it’s important to take good care of your feet.
Foot care is especially important if you have diabetes. Diabetes can cause high blood sugar levels, which can lead to nerve damage that makes you less likely to feel cuts and wounds in your feet. High blood sugar also slows healing. Not caring for your feet can lead to infection, permanent damage, and amputation.
Find more tips on good foot care below!
Talk to your doctor, podiatrist, or healthcare provider if:
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t wait! Get treatment right away, and follow your treatment plan.
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