Diabetes Foot Care Tips: Dos and Don'ts continued...
DO: See your podiatrist to treat any foot problems, including corns and calluses.
DON'T: Don't try to treat calluses or corns yourself with over-the-counter treatments.
DO: Always wear clean, dry socks.
DON'T: Don't wear stretch socks or socks made of nylon.
DO: Choose socks that are well-padded and change them every day.
DON'T: Don't wear socks that have an inside seam or an elastic band at the top.
DO: Wear socks to bed if you have cold feet.
DON'T: Don't use water bottles, electric blankets, or heating pads on your feet, because they could cause burns.
DO: Wiggle your toes and move your feet around several times a day to keep the blood flowing.
DON'T: Don't stand in one position for a long time or sit with your legs crossed. These positions can block blood flow to your feet.
DO: Stay active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Ask your doctor what type of activity is best for you.
DON'T: Don't smoke. Smoking can also reduce blood flow to your feet.
DO: Tell your doctor about any foot problems right away.
DON'T: Don't take your feet for granted. Instead, set aside some time every day to pamper your feet and help keep them healthy.
Diabetes and Your Feet: Shoe Tips
- Have at least two pairs of shoes so you can wear a different pair every other day.
- Change your shoes after 5 hours of wearing them, or sit down and remove them for a while to give your feet a break.
- Break in new shoes slowly. Try wearing them for about an hour a day for the first few days.
- Ask your doctor if you need special shoes that are fitted to your feet.