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Protecting Feet

Importance of Shoes and Socks:

Good quality shoes that fit well are a crucial part of sound diabetes foot care. You can follow these steps to prevent foot issues:

Step 1: Buy quality shoes that fit well. Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are more swollen and larger.

Step 2: Wear slippers or shoes to protect your feet from injuries.

Step 3: Always wear socks or stockings to avoid blisters. Even your socks make a difference.

Step 4: Check before you put your shoes on. Feel the inside of each shoe to make sure there are no sharp edges or objects inside.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is an issue for those with diabetes, especially when blood glucose levels are running high. A diagnosed individual visited his Healthcare team and learned ways to combat dryness:

Rub a thin layer of lotion, cream or petroleum jelly on the tops and bottoms of your feet after you wash and gently pat them dry. Avoid putting lotion between the toes.

Use a recommended sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Keep skin moist all over your body by using a recommended lotion or cream.

Increase your water intake to 6 to 8 glasses a day to help maintain skin moisture.

Wear all-cotton socks.

Quick Tip

Dry skin may itch and crack, leading to potential infections. To avoid issues, carefully and regularly examine your skin and your feet.

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