Frequently Asked Questions
15. How should I take care of my feet?
Foot care is very important for people with diabetes. High blood glucose levels and a reduced blood supply to the limbs cause nerve damage that reduces feeling in the feet. Someone with nerve damage may not feel a pebble inside his or her sock that is causing a sore. Or a blister caused by poorly fitting shoes may go unnoticed. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers, which may, if not cared for, ultimately lead to the need for amputation.
If you have diabetes,
- check your feet every day and watch for any cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails.
- report sores, blisters, breaks in the skin, infections, or buildup of calluses to a podiatrist or a family doctor.
- never walk barefoot.
- have your feet checked at every doctor visit.
- take your shoes and socks off when you go into the examining room. This will remind the doctor to check your feet.