The nurse is instructing a diabetic patient about proper foot care. Which statement by the patient indicates the need for additional teaching?

"I should trim corns and calluses with a file to prevent complications."

Explanation

• Removal of corns and calluses should be done by a podiatrist or other health care professional to prevent open wounds from forming.

• Applying lotion between the toes encourages fungal infections and skin breakdown.

• Trimming nails straight across will prevent pressure or cutting of adjacent toes.

• Socks should be worn to protect the feet from blisters and injury.

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