by Dr. Jason Gurevitch and Dr. Darryl Gurevitch, Podiatrists at the Associate Foot Specialists Clinic, Calgary

Things you can do to care for your feet if you are diabetic.

  • Carefully inspect your feet in the morning and evening. Have a family member assist you, if needed.
  • See your podiatrist regularly and have your feet examined at each visit.
  • Wear shoes that are properly fitted and comfortable.
  • Each time you put on your shoes, shake them out and check inside for rough lining or foreign objects.
  • Avoid walking barefoot. Closed shoes are best.
  • Look for changes in skin colour or elevated skin temperature.
  • Avoid cuts and skin irritation.
  • Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully, especially between your toes.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Test bath water with your elbow.
  • Avoid tape on your skin; however, if this is not possible use paper tape.
  • When trimming your toenails, cut straight across. Do not leave spikes.
  • Avoid smoking!!! It restricts blood flow to your feet.

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