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Type 2 Diabetes and Foot Care

When you are diabetic, you are at a higher risk of developing foot problems overtime. The good news: with routine care and good habits, you can keep your feet healthy.

Keep your blood sugars in your target range. Diet, exercise and/or medicine can help you manage your blood sugar levels.

Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for any cuts or blisters. Use a mirror or ask someone for help to check the bottoms of your feet.

Keep your feet clean. Wash them every day and thoroughly dry them, especially between the toes!

Use skin lotion to keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin layer of lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not in between your toes.

Trim your toenails regularly. Be extra careful not to cut yourself. Use clean nail clippers and cut your nails straight across.

Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Make sure your shoes and socks aren’t too tight and fit well.

Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Aim to be more active, whether it be walking, swimming, doing chair exercises. Don’t smoke.

Blog post provided by:
Megan Kemp, RDN, LD


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