My feet take me everywhere. And thanks to them, I am able to walk to my daughter’s house during the weekends and spend time with my family.

Sometimes we take our feet for granted, they are always supporting us, and we think it’s always going to be that way. We forget that they need special attention and care just like any other part of our body. Certainly, I took them for granted before I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

As you may know, Type 2 Diabetes puts your feet and legs at risk and it is the main cause for the loss of a toe, foot or leg not caused by an accident.

Diabetes can reduce the amount of blood flow in certain areas of the body such as legs and feet which makes it harder to heal from injuries otherwise harmless.  Cuts, blisters, and sores are preventable and treatable but can be harmful if they are not taken care of.

Every day, I manage my diabetes as best as I can and check my feet for abnormalities to delay or even completely avoid any foot problems.

My healthcare provider shared some important tips to follow every day to keep myself and my feet healthy.

Here’s the list. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me:

  • Check and maintain your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar at a healthy level. (This may be different for everyone.)
  • Take your medicine every day.
  • Quit smoking. (If you smoke.)
  • Add more vegetables and fruits to your daily diet.
  • Take a daily walk to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Avoid walking barefoot around the house.
  • Set a time every day to look at your bare feet for calluses, sores, cuts, blisters, red spots or swelling.
  • Wash your feet every day with warm water.
  • Schedule a visit with your podiatrist at least once a year.

Related: Staying Active with Diabetes

In the past, I lived an unhealthy lifestyle, but I am trying to change that one day at a time. Having this list of tips on my fridge reminds me to stay on track with my lifestyle changes. Every time I go for a walk I am grateful for my feet and will do everything I can to keep them healthy.

Managing diabetes can be stressful and overwhelming. Ask your family and diabetes care team to help you achieve your goals and be your healthiest self!

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