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Foot health and diabetes

Damage to the nerves and blood supply of the feet caused by diabetes can put your feet at risk. Damage is more likely if:

  • you've had diabetes for a long time
  • bgl's have been high for a long time
  • you're inactive
  • you smoke

Visit a medical professional to get bi-annual checkups. Your doctor, podiatrist or diabetes educator will check the shape of your foot, reflexes, toenails to look at blood circulation and ask about your footwear to ensure it's not causing calluses, corns or cracks where infection can get in.

Some tips for caring for your feet include:

  • wash and dry carefully, and check between toes
  • check for bruising, redness, splints and blisters 
  • cut your toenails straight across (not into the corners)
  • use moisturisers to keep skin hydrated (but don't put it between your toes)
  • never use over the counter corn cures
  • avoid tight socks or knee high stockings - anything with prominent seams
  • don't put your feet on heaters, hot water bottles, or any direct heat. Keep them warm with slippers
  • always wear shoes
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