Hi This is Jane Brown.

Welcome Back and thanks for joining me again for another issue on Diabetes and complications of this disease. There are many different types of complications that may occur when you are diagnosed but prevention and realizing when there is problems with your OWN body is where we should start. Knowledge and a few simple tips on prevention may help you to have healthier feet and a happier life.

Studies have shown that has many as one in four people with Diabetes do develop some form of foot health complications. The problem is that if you do not take care of your feet simple blisters, cuts or calluses can turn into a mountain of further foot problems for you, especially if your blood sugar levels have gone untreated for a long period of time. You may then have nerve damage which is called neuropathy.

4 Steps to Managing Your Healthy Feet

1.  Purchase proper fitting shoes:

Seek advice from a foot doctor or health care professional. You want to avoid getting blisters when you are walking or exercising. You may need to purchase a special kind of shoe to make your feet more comfortable

2.  Inspect your feet Daily:

Check for cuts, sores or any suspicious discoloring of the foot or toes. Make sure to check between the toes for any unwanted infection. See a doctor immediately if you find any problems. It will not help you if you think you can fix these problems. The infection may spread if you are not aware of how to treat it. Let the professionals care for you

3.  Take Care to Wash your Feet Every Day:

Getting in the habit of washing your feet every day is essential. If you have developed some numbness in your feet, make sure to test the water before putting your feet into it as you may burn your skin. Wash your feet with warm water and soap and make sure to dry them properly

4.  Keep your Feet Dry in Your Shoes:

A good practice is to either apply powder into your shoes or purchase insoles for moisture. If you can not keep your feet clean and dry, it gives bacteria a chance to grow.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I hope that you have enjoyed it.

Take Care and Stay Healthy,

Jane Brown

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