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Inspect your feet daily
If your eyesight is poor, have someone help you, or use a handheld mirror. Watch for skin or nail problems like cuts, scrapes, redness, drainage, swelling, foul odor, rash, discoloration, loss of hair on toes, small injuries, or changes to toenails. If your foot is swollen, red, discolored, hot, or has changed in shape or size, you may have a fracture. Call the PA Foot and Ankle Associates office immediately.
Leg pain is a sign
If you have pain in your lower legs at night or when you're active, you may have diabetic peripheral neuropathy or a blocked artery. Call the East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates office immediately for a thorough evaluation.
Have your circulation and sense of feeling tested regularly
Testing for peripheral neuropathy is a must for diabetics, whether you've been recently diagnosed or if you've had the disease for decades. Roughly half of all diabetics develop a neuropathy, the early symptoms of which can be subtle and easily overlooked.
Don't perform "bathroom surgery"
Keep floors free of sharp objects
Tidy housekeeping is very important for diabetics, especially those with peripheral neuropathy. Make sure there are no needles, insulin syringes, small children's toys, or other objects on the floor that may cut your feet.
Barefoot is a no-go
Unfortunately, going barefoot is a bad idea for diabetics, as small abrasions or cuts may occur on the feet which can lead to an infection. Wear shoes at all times.
Here are simple things diabetics can do to preserve their foot health:
Buy shoes that:
When wearing shoes: