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How to Take Care of Your Feet
Daily foot care tips
The most effective way to prevent a nonhealing ulcer from starting or coming back.7
  • Follow your doctor's advice on how to control your blood sugar
  • Have a podiatrist or other healthcare professional check your feet at least 4 times a year (this includes trimming your toenails straight across and filing the edges)
  • Make sure to take care of your feet EVERY DAY as outlined here
Foot Care Tips

Know When to Talk to Your Doctor Callout


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