Nerve damage, poor blood flow, and
infections due to diabetes can cause foot problems. Nerve damage can lead to a loss
feeling in the feet, putting you at risk for injuries and falls. Or it can cause ulcers
to develop. Poor circulation can mean that sores or infections heal slowly. If these
problems aren’t treated right away, they can lead to serious infection or amputation.
every healthcare provider visit, have your feet checked for sores. In addition, you
should check your feet every night for redness, injuries, or blisters. And you should
have a full foot exam each year. Your provider should check the integrity of your
the status of your toe nails, and the feeling and circulation in your feet.
How often: Daily foot self-exams
and a comprehensive foot exam by your provider once a year