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Diabetic Foot Care

What to Ask and Tell Your Doctor

Below are some suggestions for talking with your doctor about diabetic foot care:
  • Tell your doctor immediately about any diabetic foot problems you are experiencing.
  • Ask your doctor to look at your feet at each diabetes checkup. To make sure your doctor checks your feet, take off your shoes and socks before your doctor comes into the room.
  • Ask your doctor to show you the best way to trim your toenails. Also, ask what lotion or cream to use on your legs and feet.
  • Ask your doctor to check how well the nerves in your feet sense feeling.
  • Ask your doctor to check how well blood is flowing to your legs and feet.
If you cannot cut your toenails or you have a foot problem, ask your doctor to send you to a podiatrist, a doctor who cares for feet.

Special Shoes and Diabetic Foot Care

Using special shoes as part of good foot care help protect your feet. These special shoes can be made to fit softly around your sore diabetic feet or feet that have changed shape. Medicare and other health insurance programs may pay for special shoes. Talk to your doctor about how and where to get them.
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