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Taking Care of Your Feet

Check Your Feet Every Day

  • Look for cuts, bruises or swelling.
  • See your healthcare provider right away if there are any changes or ifFeet you hurt your feet.

Wash Your Feet Every Day

  • Use warm water and a mild soap. Avoid soaking since it can dry out the skin and lead to cracks.
  • Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.

Keep Your Skin Soft and Smooth

  • Rub a thin coat of skin lotion (lotion, cream or petroleum jelly) over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.

If You Can See and Reach Your Toenails, Trim Them When Needed

  • Trim (and file) your toenails straight across.
  • Ask for help trimming your toenails if you have trouble reaching them or cannot see well enough to do it safely. 

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