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Diabetes Spotlight

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Look at the tops and bottoms of your feet and between the toes. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any c

Blisters, redness swelling

Calluses

Sores, cuts

What to look for

Stay Stylish Through Summer with Happy, Healthy Feet

When the weather warms up, it’s natural to want to ditch your socks and shoes for sandals. But with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation can make it difcult to feel a cut or sore on the bottom of your foot. Can you still show of your toes without taking a toll on your tootsies? Here’s how to go easy on your feet this spring and summer.

Fight the Flip-Flop Urge

Avoid thong sandals, which can cause pressure points. And never go barefoot, because that makes it easier to cut your feet. Cuts may heal slower in people with diabetes because their body doesn’t fght infection as well.

Instead, choose well-ftting shoes and socks. The socks help prevent blisters. But make sure they’re not too tight below your knees, because this can restrict blood fow.

Pamper with a Home Pedicure

Wash your feet daily in warm water, but don’t soak them. Dry them thoroughly afterward with a soft towel, getting between the toes. If the skin is dry, apply lotion to prevent cracking. But don’t put lotion between your toes. The extra moisture may lead to infection.

After you take a bath or shower, when your toenails and skin are softer, treat your feet. Trim the nails straight across without cutting them too short. Use an emery board to smooth any sharp edges. Gently rub corns or calluses with a pumice stone. Don’t try to cut these away with a sharp tool, such as a razor.

Stave Of Sweat

Heat can make your feet sweat, and that sweat may combine with bacteria to cause stinky feet. Changing your socks in the middle of the day can prevent this. You can also try applying a foot powder or antiperspirant to your feet.

Check Your Feet Daily

Get a FREE foot care guide with easy-to-follow directions and pictures. Log in at hap.org, then click the My Health & Wellness tab. Select

Disease Management in the right-hand column, then choose Diabetes from the column on the left.

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