Endocrine Question #12


The nurse is instructing a client with diabetes on foot care. Which instruction by the nurse is most appropriate to include?


  1. “You may go barefoot in familiar places.”
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  2. “ Wear cotton socks and use foot powder to keep feet dry.”
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  3. “It is permissible to wear tight shoes for limited periods.”
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  4. “Trim the toenails with good scissors regularly.”
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Foot care for diabetics includes wearing cotton socks and use of foot powder to keep feet dry. Wetness may promote bacterial and fungal growth. It is not recommended to go barefoot or wear tight fitting shoes. Toenails should not be cut with scissors to prevent cuts and injury.

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