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Originally published February 6, 2017, last updated February 6, 2017
Do you ever wonder why your doctor is always looking down during your checkups? Your doctor is examining your legs and feet because diabetics are more prone to medical issues caused by nerve damage and reduced blood flow to the lower body. When left unchecked, these complications can lead to devastating results — including the need for amputations. Fortunately, there are proven ways to help you avoid these issues.
According to medical experts, there are four ways to lower your risk of developing problems with your feet as a result of diabetes:
1. Maintain good control of blood glucose levels by following a prescribed treatment program including diet, exercise and medication if needed.
2. Get a foot screening at least once a year.
3. Report any changes to foot health immediately to a physician. These symptoms might include numbness, tingling, cuts or open sores, or even fungal infections.
4. Maintain a simple daily routine for foot care. This routine should include washing and drying feet daily, performing a self-exam, protecting your feet with comfortable shoes and socks, and keeping toenails trimmed.
Other simple tips include avoiding socks and shoes that are too tight, never going barefoot and changing socks daily. With a little extra care and awareness, you can make important strides to prevent diabetic foot complications.
Source: Foot care education in patients with diabetes at low risk of complications: a consensus statement.