Put your best foot forward--Know the warning signs that put your feet in harm’s way

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While diabetics count carbs and keep sugar consumption in check, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the need for healthy feet. Diabetics are ten times more likely to lose a leg or foot, compared to people without the disease, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1. That’s why it’s so important to check your feet daily and make sure a healthcare provider also checks them regularly. Slow to heal foot wounds are common in diabetics because of poor circulation (blood flow) in the legs. Here are some simple things to watch for to keep your feet in tip-top shape.

Know the warning signs

While you should always follow the specific recommendations of your healthcare provider, the CDC has outlined several warning signs and symptons 1.

  1. Pain, tingling or burning sensation in your legs and feet.
  2. Cramps in your thighs, buttocks or calves during physical activity.
  3. Temperature changes in your feet.
  4. Difficult to detect warm or cold sensation in feet.
  5. Notice if your feet change color.
  6. Toenail discoloration (yellowing) and thickness.
  7. Hair loss on toes, feet and legs.
  8. Athlete’s Foot, which is a fungal infection in between the toes.
  9. Check for blisters, sores and ingrown toenails.
  10. Click here to read all the CDC warning signs and symptoms.

Reference: 1. http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfoothealth/

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