Health Tip: Keep Diabetic Feet Healthier

(HealthDay News) -- People who have diabetes often have foot problems that, if severe enough, can lead to amputation of a toe or the entire foot.

But by taking care of your feet every day and by watching your blood sugar carefully, diabetics can help prevent these problems, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says.

Over time, diabetes can cause nerve damage and reduce blood flow to the feet. Simple sores can take longer to heal, and with slow healing comes a heightened risk of gangrene.

The NIDDK suggests how to keep your feet healthier:

  • Check feet daily for any cuts or sores.
  • Wash feet every day.
  • Smooth away corns and calluses gently.
  • Trim toenails straight across.
  • Always wear shoes and socks.
  • Keep blood flowing to your feet.
  • Protect feet from hot and cold temperatures.
  • Make sure doctors thoroughly check your feet.