Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet - even a small cut can have consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to your feet making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection.
In 1993, Congress passed the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill, which allows qualified persons to receive protective footwear and inserts.
If you have had:
Previous amputation of the foot or part of the foot.
History of previous foot ulceration.
Pre-ulcerative callous formation or peripheral neuropothy with a history of callous formation.
You may qualify for medicare assistance through the therapeutic shoe bill. See your doctor to see if you qualify.
14 TIPS FOR FOOT HEALTH:
1.Inspect your feet daily.
2.Be gentle when bathing your feet.
3.Moisturize your feet, but not between your toes.
4.Cut nails carefully and always straight across.
5.Never trim corns or calluses.
6.Wear clean, dry socks.
7.Avoid loose fitting or too tight socks.
8.Wear socks to bed - never use a heating pad or hot water bottle to
warm your feet.
9.Shake out your shoes and inspect before wearing.
10.Keep your feet warm and dry.
11.Never walk barefoot.
12.Take care of your diabetes.
14.Get periodic foot exams.
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