If you are diabetic, you may have neuropathy, which is a loss of sensation in your feet. For this reason, it’s important to avoid do-it-yourself drugstore treatments, because neuropathy makes it hard for you to gauge the effectiveness of treatments. For example, you might want to remove calluses, but a lack of feeling won’t allow you to properly gauge when you’ve gone too far. Similarly, heating pads and antiseptic solutions are not ideal for the extra sensitivities that come with diabetic feet.

For safety, diabetics should take extra precautions when caring for their feet and avoid general-use treatments. Also, be sure to always wear socks and protective shoes, engage in stretching to improve blood flow, and be proactive by checking your feet every day for signs of blisters, red spots or cuts.

Check out the video below to learn more about why diabetic wounds are dangerous.

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