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Health Tip: Diabetics, Examine Your Feet

Good foot care can prevent problems

(HealthDay News) - Diabetics are prone to foot problems that can be serious enough to require amputation.

Good hygiene and regular inspection of the feet can help catch potential problems early.

Here are suggestions for diabetics on how to care for the feet and prevent injury, courtesy of the U.S. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse:

  • Thoroughly wash your feet each day in warm -- not hot -- water. Make sure you dry them completely after washing.
  • Inspect your feet every day, looking for blisters, calluses, cuts, sores or any signs of redness.
  • For dry skin, apply lotion -- but never between the toes.
  • Gently file down corns and calluses with a pumice stone after washing your feet.
  • Cut your toenails regularly, and file the edges with an emery board.
  • Avoid walking barefoot, make sure shoes fit well, and always wear socks or stockings with shoes.
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