Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet-even a small cut can have consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to your feet, making it harder to heal any injury or resist infection.
In 1993 Congress passed the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill, which allows qualified persons to receive protective footwear and inserts.
Tips for Foot Health
Inspect your feet daily.
- Be gentle when bathing your feet.
- Moisturize your feet-but not between your toes.
- Cut nails carefully and always straight across.
- Never trim corns or calluses.
- Wear clean dry diabetic socks.
- Avoid loose fitting or too tight socks.
- Wear socks to bed. (NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle)
- Shake out your shoes and inspect before wearing.
- Keep your feet warm and dry.
- Never walk barefoot.
- Take care of your diabetes.
- Don’t smoke.
- Get periodic foot exams.