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A colleague of mine is diabetic and for some reason, she is always on about her feet and how it is extremely important that she takes care of them, including not standing up for too long without rest. That's annoying to the rest of us, but of course we are willing to help... Only it would be great to know what the reason is behind all of this. Why do diabetics need to take extreme care of their feet?

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Although it can hurt, diabetic nerve damage can also lessen your ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. Loss of feeling often means you may not feel a foot injury. You could have a tack or stone in your shoe and walk on it all day without knowing. You could get a blister and not feel it. You might not notice a foot injury until the skin breaks down and becomes infected.



For these reasons diabetics have to care for and inspect their feet daily. But, staying off of them is not one of the suggestions for foot care so your colleague is taking advantage of her situation to get out of work/or to rest. Actually, being more active could help her feet rather than sitting down.



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