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Take Good Care of Your Feet  

If you have diabetes, you need to take special care of your feet. When blood sugar levels are high, it causes damage to your nerves and can lead to diabetic neuropathy – a condition that causes you to lose feeling in your feet. That means something as minor as a blister or ingrown toenail can go unnoticed and lead to a serious infection.

Work with your healthcare team to control your blood sugar and incorporate exercise into your lifestyle – both can help prevent diabetic neuropathy. If you smoke, quit. Smoking also increases your risk for diabetic neuropathy.

Steps for Healthier Feet

Your provider should give you a foot exam at least once a year – more frequently if you have foot problems. Also, let your provider know if you have any sores, toenail problems, or you notice any changes to how your feet look or feel.

Follow these tips to prevent foot problems:

  • Check your feet daily. Look for any discoloration, cuts, swelling, or blisters.
  • Wash your feet every day. Make sure you dry your feet completely – particularly between your toes. Apply lotion to the top and bottom of your feet to keep the skin soft (not between your toes).
  • Keep your toenails trimmed. Cut them straight across and file the edges with a nail file. Don't do it yourself if you have trouble seeing or reaching your toenails.
  • Never go barefoot. Always wear socks and shoes to prevent injury. When you put on your shoes and socks, make sure there's nothing inside them that can irritate or cut your feet.
  • Avoid overly hot or cold temperatures. Always test bath water before getting in and don't use heating pads, electric blankets, or hot water bottles. Similarly, make sure you wear warm socks in cold temperatures.
  • Improve blood flow to your feet. Whenever possible, elevate your feet when you're sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for five minutes a few times each day.

At-Home Foot Care Services

We offer professional foot care services in the comfort of your own home. Our nurses and nail technicians soak, trim, and file your toenails and massage your feet. The first in-home visit is $53, and subsequent visits are $48 (gift certificates are available). If you choose to come in for the service, the first visit is $46, and subsequent visits are $40. We do not bill insurance, cash/check/credit/debit are accepted.

Call (406) 771-6428 for more information or to schedule an appointment.