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What’s up with diabetes and my feet?

Diabetes often comes with other complications that affect your body’s ability to fight infections. Circulatory damage to your blood vessels means that less blood and oxygen is traveling to your feet. Nerve damage means that you might not be able to feel an injury or uncomfortable pressure on the skin of your foot. Together, this means you might have a foot injury that you don’t notice until it’s progressed into severe damage or infection. This can lead to a serious complication that requires that the infected tissues get cut away. As a result, many people with diabetes experience amputations.

This can be avoided by a daily examination of your feet and toes to check for blisters, red marks, or calluses that could lead to infection. If you have a cut, sore, or infection, work with your doctor to heal it. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Wash your feet and toes with lukewarm water and mild soap daily. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes, and moisturize dry skin with lotion. Keep your toenails trimmed, wear shoes at all times to avoid damage to your feet, and avoid sitting with your legs crossed or standing in one position for a long time.

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