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Effects of Diabetes on Feet

Neuropathy

  • The loss of sensation in the foot
  • The feeling of shooting pains in the foot and leg


Poor Circulation

  • Reduced blood flow to the foot and lower leg
  • Reduced oxygen and nutrition to the foot and leg


Effects of Poor Circulation and Neuropathy

  • Ulcers
  • Loss of Sensation
  • Infections
  • Thickened Nails
  • Loss of Hair Growth to the Feet
  • Blisters
  • Pressure Sores


Staying on your feet DO's

  • Inspect your feet daily for blisters, cuts, scratches and signs of infection.
  • Always check between the toes.
  • Inspect the insides of your shoes daily for foreign objects and rough areas.
  • Apply lotion to feet and legs after showering to prevent dryness.
  • Get regular foot exams!


Staying on your feet DON'Ts

  • Do not walk barefoot.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not soak your feet in hot water.
  • Do not use chemical agents to remove corns and calluses.
  • Do not place oil or cream between your toes.


Does the Shoe Fit???

  • Always try on shoes at the end of the day.
  • The distance from the longest toe to the end of the shoe should be one thumbnail's length.
  • Shoes do not break in; if they do not fit at the time of purchase, they will never fit.
  • Medicare Shoe Program


Amputation Data

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of lower extremity amputation.
  • 5 - 15% of Diabetics will undergo an amputation at sometime during their life.
  • Almost 50% of amputations are preventable with proper intervention.


Summary

  • Happy and Healthy Feet are Possible
  • Just a few minutes a day of tender love and care will keep your feet moving for many years.


The information on this page is not a substitute for seeking professional medical care.



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