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Health Tip: Caring for Foot Ulcers

They're common in diabetics

(HealthDay News) -- Foot ulcers are wounds that commonly develop under the big toe or on the balls of the feet. They're common among people with diabetes.

To care for a foot ulcer, the American Diabetes Association suggests:

  • See your healthcare provider about an ulcer, even if it doesn't hurt, to prevent possible infection and serious complications.
  • Get rest and stay off your feet if you have an ulcer.
  • Use a brace, cast or special shoe if your doctor recommends it.
  • Keep blood sugar under control.
  • Continue to care for your foot carefully after the ulcer heals, and wear special shoes that offer better protection.

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