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.


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.