How to Care for Your Feet if You Have Diabetes (Infographic)

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!

July 28, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

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.

To keep your feet and your blood sugar levels healthy, get regular physical activity, eat a balanced diet, visit your doctor often, and don’t smoke.

Find more tips on good foot care below!

How to Care for Your Feet Infographic
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Talk to your doctor, podiatrist, or healthcare provider if:

  • You have a foot condition like hammer or overlapping toes or bunions, which can put you at greater risk for developing wounds on your feet
  • You experience any signs of neuropathy (loss of sensation in the feet)
  • You feel weak pulses in your feet or legs
  • You notice swelling, numbness, skin color changes, pain in legs, ingrown or fungal toes, bleeding corns and calluses, or dry cracks anywhere on your feet or legs
  • You have a wound, cut, ulcer, open sore, or bruise on your foot that does not begin to heal within one day

If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t wait! Get treatment right away, and follow your treatment plan.

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“13 Tips for Healthy Feet,” Diabetes Forecast. July 2014.
http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2014/07-jul/13-tips-for-healthy-feet.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

“Diabetes,” American Podiatric Medical Association. Accessed July 5, 2017.
http://www.apma.org/learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=980

“Diabetes & Your Feet FAQs,” American Podiatric Medical Association.
http://www.apma.org/files/FileDownloads/KYSO12FAQs.pdf

“How to Care for Your Diabetic Feet,” American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Accessed July 5, 2017.
http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-health/Pages/How-to-Care-for-Your-Diabetic-Feet.aspx

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