When you have diabetes, your feet need special care. Even a small foot problem can become very serious. By working with a diabetes healthcare team you can learn how to protect your feet and keep them healthy.
Foot Problems Can Be Serious
Diabetes can damage nerves in your feet and cause neuropathy. Diabetes can also change blood flow, making it harder for small problems like a blister, to heal properly. In fact, minor injuries can quickly become serious infections. Take a look at your feet daily. Are they healthy? Some signs of foot problems can include:
- Red, spots, blisters, corns, or calluses
- Drainage on your sock
- Dry, cracked, or scaly skin
- Thick, yellow, or ingrown toenails
- A tingling, cold or burning sensation
- Red streaks or changes in skin color
Do you qualify for diabetic footwear?
Medicare may cover the costs of preventative extra depth footwear if you are diabetic and have on or more of the following conditions:
- Poor circulation
- Foot deformity
- Peripheral neuropathy with a history of callus formation
- Previous amputation of the foot or part of the foot
- History of foot ulceration
We can help to see if you qualify for Medicare covered footwear.