sure you know the risks for foot trouble, who your foot care
provider should be and other tips for healthy feet.
the Risks for Foot Trouble
with diabetes need to pay special attention to their feet,
but some are more at risk than others:
sensitivity in the feet
of foot problems
deformity, poor circulation or high weight
Shoes in Good Condition
shoes in good condition. If the sensation in your feet isn't
as good as it should be, you're less likely to notice if a
defect in your shoe is causing a problem.
Your Feet Warm
feet are cold, they don't sense discomfort as well as they
should. Make sure to wear warm socks. At home, wear slippers
in addition to socks.
the Right Healthcare Provider
in good health and don't have any of the complications of
diabetes, it's okay to have your feet checked by the doctor
who provides your routine diabetes care. If you have any foot
deformities or other problems, it's best to have an orthopedic
surgeon, wound care specialist, podiatrist or shoe specialist
examine your feet.
your Feet after Sporting Activities
take up new sports in the winter, like ice skating or skiing,
make sure to check your feet after these activities. The boots
you wear can often rub and cause blisters.
The Family and Friends Guide to Diabetes. John Wiley & Sons,
Inc., New York, New York, 10158-0012, 2000; American Diabetes