Diabetes also affects blood flow, making it harder for cuts and sores to heal.
Make a point to check your feet every day, so you can catch problems before they get worse. If you have trouble seeing the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or have someone help you. Examine the top, bottom and nails of each foot.
- Look for changes in color
- Look for any red spots or streaks
- Look for skin changes, such as blisters, corns or calluses
- Check for dry, cracked or scaly skin
- Check for changes in feeling, such as numbness, tingling, coldness or burning
If you find a problem during a self-exam, call your physician immediately.
To help protect your feet:
- Don't trim your corns, calluses or toenails
- See a podiatrist (foot specialist) for regular foot care
- Wash your feet with soap and water and dry them carefully, especially between your toes
- Don't walk barefoot
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Avoid high heels, tight work boots or shoes that are too tight and need to be broken in