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Diabetes and Stage 5 Kidney Failure: How can I Take Care of My Feet

Diabetes and Stage 5 Kidney Failure: How can I Take Care of My FeetFoot care is very important for all diabetics because long-standing Diabetes can lead to foot problems. For people with diabetes and Stage 5 Kidney Failure, taking good care of their feet can lower the chances of losing a toe, foot, or leg. Chat with our online doctor if you'd like to get personalized advice!

Foot care guidelines for Diabetes and Stage 5 Kidney Failure

1. Take care of diabetes and kidney disease. Stick to the treatment plan including taking prescribed medicines, eating correctly (Top Ten Diet Facts for Diabetic Kidney Disease), doing regular exercises, and keeping the doctor appointments to have feet, kidneys, and eyes checked at least once a year.

2. Check your bare feet every day. Look for cuts, sores, bumps, or red spots. Using a mirror or ask a family member for help if you have trouble seeing the bottoms of your feet.

3. Wash your feet every day in warm, not hot water. Do not soak your feet. Use talcum powder or cornstarch to keep the skin between your toes dry to prevent infection.

4. File the toenails straight across with an emery board.

5. Wear thick, soft socks. Avoid wearing mended ones or those with holes or seams.

6. Be more active to improve the blood flow. More by walking, dancing, swimming, or going bike riding.

7. Be sure to ask your doctor to check your feet at every visit and check the sense of feeling and pulses at least once a year. Refer you to a foot doctor if needed. Decide if special shoes would help you.

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