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Taking care of your feet is an important part of staying healthy when you have diabetes. Knowing your risk level for foot problems helps you know how to keep your feet healthy.
Your foot exam shows you are at low risk for foot problems.
At this time, you have no concerns with your nails or skin. Your foot exam shows that you have no open sores and no numbness, tingling, burning, or throbbing in your feet. Your healthcare provider finds you have no loss of sensation (feeling) in your feet. You also don’t have any changes to the shape of your foot.
Even though you’re low risk, you can still develop foot problems. These may include problems with:
If you see any of these problems, make an appointment to see your healthcare provider within 1 month or sooner if you need to. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about any extra appointments you might need for your feet.
Follow the advice below to help protect your feet.
Foot care nurse: ______________________
Practise good foot care habits
Talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible (within 1 week) if you see any of these changes to your feet or legs:
Ask if you need to see a specialist or have more testing.
Know when to get urgent medical help
Call your healthcare provider right away for an appointment today or go to the emergency department if you have:
To help care for your feet you’ll need to watch your blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure, and cholesterol closely. Keep track of your results to make it easier to review and plan your care. You and your healthcare provider will decide on what the best levels are for you.
Blood sugar or A1C
To see this information online and learn more, visit https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_diabetes_lowriskfootcare_inst.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Foot care checklist used with permission from Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Self-management table adapted from the New Brunswick Diabetes Foot Care Clinical Pathway.
Current as of: May 18, 2023
Author: Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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