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PREVENTION IS KEY
The first step to preventing foot complications is to follow your doctor's advice for keeping your diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Call your doctor for complete foot care instructions and work to establish a foot care routine that works best for you.

INSPECT YOUR FEET CAREFULLY EVERYDAY
Look for any blisters, sores, swelling, redness, or cracks between the toes. Using a mirror can help you see all areas on the bottoms of your feet or ask someone to help. Call your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary, no matter how minor you think it is.

WASH YOUR FEET EVERYDAY
Use warm water and a mild soap. Do not use hot water and do not soak as this may dry feet out. Make sure to dry them carefully, especially between the toes. Keep your skin soft and smooth by rubbing a thin coat of lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet. Avoid putting lotion between toes unless prescribed by your doctor.

TRIM YOUR TOENAILS WHEN NEEDED
Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.

DO NOT SELF-TREAT
See a podiatrist or health care provider for corns, calluses or ingrown toenails. Do not attempt to self-treat these conditions.

WEAR SHOES AND SOCKS AT ALL TIMES
Do not walk barefoot --- not even inondoors. It is easy to step something and hurt your feet.

WEAR CLEAN SOCKS EVERYDAY
Be sure socks fit well - not too large or too small. Check socks for holes, seams or wrinkles that can become a source of irritation and lead to more serious problems.

WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES
Shoes should fit well, protect feet and provide toes room to wiggle. Check shoes for objects or rough spots before putting on. Ask your foot care professional if you should consider diabetic footwear.

This is only general information and not meant for the diagnosis, prevention, mitigation, or treatment of any medical condition. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all halth concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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