If I have diabetes, how should I care for my feet when exercising?

You’ll want to take special care of your feet when you work out, especially if you’ve had diabetes for a while. Most children and teens with diabetes don’t need to think too much about foot complications. Check your feet daily for any red, irritated areas, blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. If you detect a problem, don’t expect it will go away on its own. Call your diabetes provider or podiatrist right away.

You’ll also want to be sure you are wearing the proper shoes. When shopping for shoes, be sure to:

  • Try on shoes in the afternoon, when foot size tends to be a little
  • Wear the socks you plan to wear while working out. You may want
           to try special socks designed with extra cushioning for
           exercise. In truth, any good athletic sock that is made with a
           blend of cotton and synthetic material will provide warmth
           and cushioning and wick perspiration away.
  • Choose shoes that fit well and are comfortable from the first time
           you put them on. If you have nerve disease or decreased
           feeling in your feet, you may not be able to trust the way a
           shoe feels when you try it on. Consult a podiatrist or
           professional shoe fitter (pedorthist) to get a correct fit.
  • Wear new shoes for short periods at first.
  • Check your feet for red, irritated areas. You may need extra
           padding in some areas of the shoe to prevent friction.

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