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Preventing foot problems involves managing your diabetes well, controlling blood glucose levels (along with your cholesterol and blood pressure) and leading a healthy active lifestyle. Your chances of doing this will be greatly increased if you do not smoke. By adopting these measures, you can prevent or slow down any changes to the nerves and blood vessels that supply your legs and feet.
Additionally regular footcare is recommended to prevent the build-up of hard skin which can potentially go onto cause problems. Moisturising your feet with a good foot balm in order to keep the skin well hydrated is also important as it creates a strong physical barrier between you and the outside world. Lastly, it is imperative that your feet are measured correctly so that you are wearing the right type of shoe for your feet.
Anyone who has diabetes should also have their feet checked regularly with a healthcare professional (Podiatrist, Nurse or Doctor) and at the very least once a year at their annual review. However, if you are at increased risk of complications, these inspections may be done more frequently.
Simple self-care measures include:
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