Diabetes can cause problems with your feet. Foot disorders are some of the most prevalent and neglected health issues in the United States. Diabetes often reduces blood flow to your feet and this can lead to oxygen deprivation. The results are diabetic nerve damage that causes numbness as well as sores and infections.  Here are some tips from the Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M.:

Daily Inspection: Diabetes may cause numbness in your feet making it hard to detect an infection. You should check your feet closely every day. Look for changes in cracked skin, color or sores. Put a mirror on the floor to see the bottom of each foot clearly.

Drying Feet: Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing. The space between the toes is vulnerable to infection if it remains moist. When you use lotion avoid putting it between your toes.

See a Doctor: A podiatrist specializes in foot care and can treat your foot woes properly. A podiatrist can diagnose, treat and help you prevent problems.

Orthotics: Orthotic footwear can provide protection and comfort. You can buy special shoes that are for people with diabetes. A podiatrist can give you advice about where you can get the shoes. Medicare covers one pair of diabetic shoes and three pairs of inserts per year for patients who meet certain qualifications.

Blood Sugar: An out-of-control blood sugar level can lead to nerve cell damage and make it hard for you to fight an infection. If you control your blood glucose level, you may prevent or delay damage.

The main diabetic foot care tips are to monitor your blood sugar level, inspect your feet every day, watch your weight and wear comfortable shoes. If you notice any changes that concern you, then it is a good idea to see your doctor immediately.