How can I adequately care for my feet if I can't reach my toes?

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Many people with diabetes have difficulty seeing their feet well and trimming their toenails. The reasons for this problem are many, including poor eyesight, obesity, arthritis, back pain, and other medical conditions that may prevent you from leaning over toward the floor. Have a member of your family examine your feet once a day for sores and nail problems. We recommend that most people with diabetes do not try to cut their own toenails, but go regularly to a podiatrist for routine foot care.

Podiatrists are trained to provide good foot hygiene and nail care. They can be located in the Yellow Pages under Physicians & Surgeons, DPM (Podiatric), or ask your health care team for a referral. Good foot care is extremely important to your good health. It may save your feet.