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What to Discuss With Your Doctor

The following are some suggestions for what you can discuss with your doctor about diabetic feet:
 
  • Tell your doctor right away about any foot problems.
     
  • 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 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.
     
  • Ask your doctor to show you the best way to trim your toenails. Ask what lotion or cream to use on your legs and feet.
     
If you cannot cut your toenails or you have a foot problem, ask your doctor to send you to a foot doctor. A doctor who cares for feet is called a podiatrist.
 

Special Shoes for Diabetic Feet

Special shoes for diabetic feet can be made to fit softly around your sore feet or feet that have changed shape. These special shoes help protect your feet. 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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