Diabetes - taking care of your feet

Diabetes - foot care - self-care; Diabetic foot ulcer - foot care; Diabetic neuropathy - foot care

Proper fitting shoe

Shoes should be comfortable and fit well when you buy them. Never buy shoes that are tight, hoping they will stretch as you wear them. Because of nerve damage, people with diabetes may not feel a shoe rubbing against the skin of their foot. Blisters and sores may then develop. In people with diabetes, feet may not heal well if they get injured because of poor blood flow. This can lead to a serious infection.

Diabetic foot care

People with diabetes are prone to foot problems because the disease can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves, which may result in decreased ability to sense a trauma to the foot. The immune system is also altered, so that the person with diabetes cannot efficiently fight infection.

Diabetic foot care

People with diabetes must take special care of their fingers and toes to be sure they are receiving adequate blood supply.

Self-care

Shoes and Socks

When to Call the Doctor