Diabetes Healthy Feet
and You

Step ahead towards a healthier you

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General Health

  • Control your blood glucose levels.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Exercise daily as directed by your health-care professional

Caring for Your Feet

  • Look for signs of redness or blisters on your feet. This shows your shoe may not fit properly.
  • Wash your feet, then dry them well and moisturize. Dry especially well between your toes, and do not put cream there.
  • Do not soak your feet.
  • Care for calluses and trim toenails regularly.  If you are unable to reach your toes or do not have feeling in your feet, have a health-care professional look after your toenails for you.  Avoid using over-the-counter treatments unless directed to by a health-care professional.

Footwear

  • Shake out your shoes before you put them on.
  • Wear shoes at all times, indoors and out.
  • Buy shoes with closed toes as they protect your feet from injury.
  • Change your socks every day.
  • Buy shoes late in the day as feet tend to swell.
  • Have your shoes professionally fitted by a footwear specialist.
Learn more by selecting the "Proper Shoe Fit" brochure in your choice of language: 

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