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Health Tip: Foot Care for People With Diabetes

Pay special attention to your feet

(HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are especially prone to foot problems, so it's important to take good care of your feet and inspect them frequently.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Wash your feet daily with soap and water, and carefully dry them afterward.
  • Use a rich moisturizer on your feet, but don't apply it between the toes.
  • Keep toenails trimmed, but cut them straight across. Clipping the corners can lead to ingrown nails.
  • Avoid using antiseptics, sharp tools or heating pads on the feet.
  • Keep feet warm and dry with cozy socks.
  • Prevent circulatory problems by avoiding smoking. And don't sit with your legs crossed.
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