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Please explain why a foot file must not be used on diabetic patients.

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Please explain why a foot file must not be used on diabetic patients.

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Please explain why a foot file must not be used on diabetic patients.

Dr.Bronow: Diabetic patients can have circulatory or neurological disorders, which can leave them open to infection if the skin is broken by rough filing. The neurological problem (diabetic neuropathy) can cause decreased sensitivity to pain, so the patient could be injured and not know it. Be careful (Editor’s note: For more information on servicing the diabetic client see “A Pedicurist’s Education in Diabetes,” March 1996.)

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