Diabetes can affect a lot of your various body systems. One you might not think about is your feet. Diabetics are at a higher risk of having problems with their feet. Part of that fact is that even at the best of times, circulation to the feet is not as good as circulation to the rest of the body, just because of the fact that they are so far away from the heart. When you injure your foot as a diabetic, you have to deal with that circulation problem, and then any additional problems from being a diabetic. All those things combine together to mean that your feet could be seriously damaged if you aren't careful. There are things that you can do to make sure that your feet stay in good shape:
Diabetic Foot Check
One thing you should do is to visit your doctor or podiatrist on a regular basis to get a diabetic foot check. These appointments generally don't take a long time. Basically what they are going to do is have you take off your shoes and socks so that they can look at your feet. They will look at all parts of your feet and ask about any sores they may see. They will also check to make sure that your feet haven't lost any feeling and that the circulation is still going well. How often your doctor will want to see you for a foot check depends on a lot of things, including how severe your diabetes is, and if you have problems like neuropathy.
You may like the idea of going barefoot and fancy-free, but you are asking for problems with your feet. You should always wear at least slippers, even in the house. That's because it gives your feet an added layer of protection. If you have some kind of footwear on and you step on the evil LEGO block, you aren't going to end up with a cut on the arch of your foot, which could heal slowly because of your diabetes, and which you may not even realize that you have. Keeping slippers or socks on will also help keep your feet warm if you have poor circulation in your feet.
If you have diabetes, you want to make sure that you get it under control. You also want to make sure that you keep your feet in good shape. Contact a diabetic foot care service for more information and assistance.