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Published on June 14, 2016

Living with diabetes: Pay special attention to your feet

Your feet need a lot of TLC when you have diabetes.

Putting on socksThat extra care is crucial because diabetes raises your risk of developing deep sores—or ulcers—on your feet.

Here’s why:

“Over time, high blood sugar can damage your nerves and make it hard to feel a blister or sore on your feet,” says Mindy Hillerman, Physical Therapist at Mercy Home Health.

If you don’t notice that sore, it can grow deeper and even become infected. Sometimes an infection can even lead to the loss of a limb. But proper care can help keep your feet healthy, Hillerman says. Be sure to:

  • Work closely with our doctor to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range. Follow his or her advice about your diet, exercise and medicine.
  • Don’t go barefoot, even indoors. You might step on something and hurt your feet.
  • Check your feet every day. Look for sores, blisters, red spots and swelling. Tell your doctor right away if you see any of these changes, even if they’re not painful.

If an ulcer does develop, then your doctor may clean out any infected and dead tissue. The wound will also need to be cleaned every day, using a wound dressing or bandage. Mercy Home Health nurses can come to your house to help take care of your wound.

Learn more about this and other Home Health services at mercyhomehealth.org. Or call 1.888.690.2551.

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