For healthy feet, follow the 10 foot-health tips below.
- Examine your feet daily for any changes or injuries.
- Wash your feet daily to keep them clean and lower the risk of infection.
- Wear supportive shoes and socks to keep your feet protected from harmful objects on the ground. Socks should fit loosely to avoid cutting off blood flow to the feet.
- Promote blood flow to the feet by putting feet up while sitting, wiggling toes periodically, and exercising to promote better foot circulation.
- Trim nails carefully by cutting them short and straight across. Rounded toenails can cause ingrown toenails, which can lead to an infection.
- Care for corns and bunions carefully. Never shave corns because it raises the risk of infection.
- Protect your feet from extremely hot and cold temperatures because it can cause damage to the feet.
- Get your feet checked regularly by a medical provider. Regular examinations can help prevent infections, amputations, and foot deformities.
- Control your blood sugar. Uncontrolled blood sugars greatly increase the risk of diabetic foot complications.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking adversely affects blood flow throughout the body and its tissues.
Foot health is vital for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.