pain, bunions and hammer toes, can
be prevented. Solutions can be as
simple as getting orthotics for better
Foot doctors can help with
anything to do with the foot or ankle:
injuries, wounds, infections. In
particular, they can offer treatment
that stops ingrown toenails from
Regular foot care at every age
helps prevent problems. And for
anyone living with diabetes, daily
foot checks are critical. “People with
diabetes are at greater risk of having
foot problems because diabetes
can damage the nerves and reduce
blood flow to the feet,” says Kathy
Dmytruk, senior advisor for Alberta
Health Services’ Diabetes, Obesity
and Nutrition Strategic Clinical
A loss of feeling and circulation
to one or both feet can prevent sores
from healing well or can complicate
infections. “Most people feel pain
when a shoe is rubbing or is too tight,
but people living with diabetes may
not,” says Dmytruk. “Pressure or
trauma from your shoes can quickly
lead to a blister or a breakdown in
the skin, and that may get infected.
A simple callus can become a foot
Mandal has this advice for people
with diabetes and reduced feeling
in their feet: use a pocket mirror
to make sure you haven’t stepped
on anything. Wounds often take a
long time to heal because of poor
circulation and can result in serious
keep all of your body healthier and
— Colleen Seto
Make your feet smile
To keep your feet healthy and happy, try these foot care tips.
1. Check your feet daily, including in between your toes. Look for swelling, redness or sores.
2. Wash your feet daily and dry well, especially between toes.
3. Cut toenails straight across and smooth edges with a nail file.
4. Apply lotion to dry or hardened skin. Avoid using lotion between toes as moisture can lead to
fungus and infection.
5. Make sure your shoes fit well. You want them snug, but not tight, with wiggle room for
your toes. Keep shoe heels under two inches ( 50 mm) high, and wide and deep enough to
support your feet (and whole body). Always check inside your shoes before putting them on
to make sure there’s nothing that can pinch, pierce or rub.