Nerve and blood vessel damage caused by diabetes can become a big problem for your feet if you develop neuropathy. With neuropathy you can lose feeling in your feet, hands and get an infection plus all the tingling, pain sensations that go with it.
Inspect your feet each day to see any sores, change in color, dry or cracked skin. Even hot tubs and hot bath water need to have temperatures checked and can cause serious damage to your feet and burns and blisters are open doors for infections. Always check temperature of water.
Look for shoes with a more in depth area for the toes and without seams inside the shoe that could rub on your feet. Best to find padded, cotton socks that helps control the moisture. In order to avoid injury to the feet, best to wear shoes inside and outside.
Use moisturizer on your feet, just not between the toes. Space between the toes is tight and if it gets moist it can lead to infection. Keep your feet dry.
If you have calluses, corns or bunions, these can cause pressure sores. You need to go to the foot doctor before you get an infection. The doctor may recommend a diabetic shoe with custom molded orthotic inside the shoe. Medicare- Part B will cover one pair of diabetic shoes per year with a prescription, especially if you have a sore that is not healing.
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