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Tips on Foot Care

Foot problems are common in people with diabetes. Self-care, starting with a daily foot exam, and medical intervention could help you prevent complications and even amputation.

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Proper Shoes

Running shoes are your best choice, Ahroni says, and that's all Rod wears. He selects good-quality styles that fit well and uses them for exercise as well as on his job as a dispatcher and patient transporter at St. Mary Corwin Hospital.

For some people, wearing running shoes all the time is not an option (or a preference). So make sure that the shoes you wear fit properly:

  • Try them on in person -- avoid mail-order purchases unless you can easily return those that do not fit correctly.

  • Test shoes with the same type of socks you normally use and try them on late in the day when your feet are the largest.

  • Have your shoe size checked each time you buy shoes, especially if you have lost or gained weight.

  • If you need orthotic support, ask your health-care professional if you are eligible for Medicare coverage for shoes designed specifically for people with diabetes.

  • Replace shoes regularly. When his shoes get too worn, Rod says, "I can feel it in my feet. I get tired." Telltale signs: uneven wear at the bottom of the shoe and knee pain.

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