Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diabetes Foot Problems Prevention

Prevention of diabetic foot problems includes:

  • Keep your toenails trimmed.
  • Examine your feet every day for cuts, blisters, or sores:
    • Report abnormal findings to your doctor.
  • Use an emery board:
    • File away any sharp edges on the toenails
  • Wear shoes that protect your feet:
    • Avoid open-toed shoes.
    • Avoid sandals or flip-flops.
  • Avoid pointed shoes.
  • Avoid footwear that places pressure on the foot.
  • Avoid shoes that are too small.
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • Break-in new shoes slowly.
  • Change shoes and socks when they become wet.
  • Purchase new shoes before your old ones wear out.
  • Wear shoes that provide room for your toes.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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