Prevention is the best medicine. Being able to identify signs of foot problems can go a long way in preventing complications.
Have your health care professional check your feet AT LEAST one to two times per year or more if required.
When to see your doctor
If you have any corns (thick or hard skin on toes), calluses (thick skin on bottom of feet), in-grown toenails, warts or slivers, have them treated by your doctor or a foot care specialist (such as a podiatrist, chiropodist or experienced foot care nurse). Do not try to treat them yourself.
If you have any swelling, warmth, redness or pain in your legs or feet, see your doctor or foot specialist right away.
Have your bare feet checked by your doctor at least once a year. In addition, ask your doctor to screen you for neuropathy and loss of circulation at least once a year.
Take your socks off at every diabetes-related visit to your doctor and ask him or her to inspect your feet.