Any elderly who has diabetes need to maintain a structured daily routine such as eating balanced meals, monitoring blood sugar, getting some physical activity each day and relaxing. But there's another task doctors urge you to add to your busy schedule which is examining your feet.

It's not the most glamorous chore, but it's important. People with diabetes are at high risk for major foot complications which are often unseen and under-discussed. Those complications can start as small blisters or cuts that are easy to overlook until it's too late. Uncontrolled diabetes causes nerve damage in the extremities. Nerve damage also leads to poor circulation (which means wounds take longer to heal) and makes you prone to infection.

Signs and symptoms of foot problems:

If you have any of these symptoms, visit your physician immediately. Delay may result in serious health complications.

Managing your diabetes and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps keep your feet healthy. This should include:

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You can help prevent serious foot problems by following a good foot care regimen. If your parent or elderly known to you have foot wound/ consequences, please share your experience & suggestions as well!!

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