Steps for Healthy Feet
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- 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.
- 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.