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Diabetes Your Feet & Shoes

Diabetes Your Feet & Shoes

Why are people with diabetes at greater risk for foot complications?

Even ordinary foot problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. That is why the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you examine your feet every day for signs of irritation and damage.

Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage, also called neuropathy, which results in a loss of feeling in your feet. This loss of “the gift of pain” makes it more likely that you will develop a non-healing wound (an ulcer). By the time you can actually “see” the wound it is often too late, and can result in amputation.

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