Diabetes and Foot Care

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

Nearly 21 million people in the United States are diabetic, and of those one in four will develop some type of foot sore.

Sheree Dickenson, a nursing instructor at Southwest Georgia Technical College, says proper foot care is imperative. She says you need to inspect your feet daily, checking for redness, swelling, sores, corns or calluses.

Dickenson says, "If it is a callus or corn that has developed, I encourage you to see a podiatrist. Ingrown toenails are a problem. They need to be seen by a doctor or podiatrist."

Foot problems that go untreated by a physician can lead to infection and increase the risk of amputation.


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