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Foot Care for People with Diabetes

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


What you need to know about foot care:

Long-term high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves in your legs and feet. This damage makes it hard to feel pressure, pain, temperature, and touch. You may not be able to feel a cut or sore, or shoes that are too tight. Foot care is needed to prevent serious problems, such as an infection or amputation. Diabetes may cause your toes to become crooked or curved under. These changes may affect the way you walk and can lead to increased pressure on your foot. The pressure can decrease blood flow to your feet. Lack of blood flow increases your risk for a foot ulcer.

Call your care team provider if:

How to care for your feet:

Follow up with your diabetes care team provider or foot specialist as directed:

You will need to have your feet checked at least 1 time each year. You may need a foot exam more often if you have nerve damage, foot deformities, or ulcers. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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