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  • Diabetic Foot Wound
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Why Foot Care is Important

Do you want to lower your chances of getting foot problems that can lead to the loss of a toe, foot, or leg? This website tells you how. It's all about taking care of your feet. Even if you have had diabetes for a long time, this website can help you learn more. Use it to help you make your own plan for taking care of your feet. Share your plan with your doctor and health care team and get their help when you need it.

Over time, diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. When you lose feeling in your feet, you may not feel a pebble inside your sock or a blister on your foot, which can lead to cuts and sores. Diabetes also can lower the amount of blood flow in your feet. Numbness and less blood flow in the feet can lead to foot problems.

Foot care is very important for all people with diabetes, but even more so if you have: Pain or loss of feeling, Changes in the Shape of your feet or toes, Sores, cuts, or ulcers on your feet that do not heel in a few days.

If you take care of your feet every day, you can lower your chances of losing a toe, foot, or leg. Managing your blood sugar can also help keep your feet healthy.

Work with your health care team to make a diabetes plan that fits your lifestyle and includes foot care. The team may include your foot doctor (podiatrist), a diabetes educator, a nurse, a family or diabetes doctor (endocrinologist) and other specialists who can help you manage your diabetes.