9. Keep the Blood Flowing to Your Feet
- Put your feet up when you're sitting.
- Wiggle your toes for 5 minutes 2 or 3 times a day.
- Move your ankles up & down and in & out to improve blood flow.
- Don't cross your legs for long periods of time.
- Ask your doctor or health care provider if compression wear might help improve your circulation.
- Don't smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to your feet.
- Work with your health care team to control your diabetes.
10. Be More Active
Ask your doctor to help you plan a daily activity program that's right for you. Walking, dancing, swimming and bicycling are good forms of exercise that are easy on the feet. Avoid activities that are hard on your feet, such as running and jumping. Always include a warm-up and cool-down period and wear athletic shoes that fit well and that provide good support.