Stand up for your feet!
Everyone should take care of their feet, but it’s especially important for people with diabetes. High blood sugar can cause damage to the nerves in your feet (called neuropathy), which can be painful or can reduce feeling in the feet. This can be a big problem because you may injure yourself and not know it right away. That’s why it’s important to check your feet often, especially after you’ve been physically active.
- Check your feet after playing sports or other physical activity. If you find any red, irritated areas, blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails, call your diabetes care provider or podiatrist right away
- Check inside your shoes and socks for anything that might injure your feet. And check your feet for red, irritated areas. You may need extra padding in some areas of the shoe to prevent friction
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks that fit well. If you have nerve disease or decreased feeling in your feet, it may be difficult to tell how well a shoe or sneaker feels when you put it on. If that’s the case, you should consult a podiatrist or a professional shoe fitter (pedorthist) to get a correct fit. For more in-depth information about shoe selection and fitting for people with diabetes, contact the Pedorthic Footwear Association
- Get your feet checked often! Your diabetes care provider needs to examine your feet at each visit. Do you and your doctor ever forget to do it? Getting in the habit of taking off your shoes and socks every time you go into the exam room is a good way to help ensure that your feet get the attention they deserve
- Tell your diabetes care team right away if you injure your feet! Injured feet can get infected quickly and that can cause serious problems