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Diabetic Foot: 5 Questions to Ask Your Podiatrist

Many people with diabetes often overlook their feet as part of their diabetes management plan. But, foot care is an important component of your over health plan. Foot-related complications are a common and costly problem if you have diabetes and neuropathy. A small cut or blister on the foot can quickly become a much larger and more dangerous problem.

So, it's important to see a podiatrist at least once a year for a comprehensive foot exam and evaluation. Depending on your specific risk factors, you may need to see a podiatrist more often. You'll want to make the most out of your time with your doctor. Come prepared with a list of questions, symptoms, and concerns. Here are 5 things we recommend you as your podiatrist at your next visit:

1. What do I need to do to prevent foot complications?

There are small tips that your doctor may suggest to help you prevent foot complications. Some things they may suggest are: daily foot exams, wearing socks and shoes, managing your blood sugar levels, and temperature monitoring. Your doctor will come up with a program specific to your needs and risk factors.

2. How can temperature monitoring protect my feet?

Temperature monitoring is clinically proven to prevent upwards of 87% of foot ulcers and amputations. Siren Diabetic Socks have used this technology to help people with diabetes and nerve damage. Each sock has miniature sensors embedded into the fabric of the socks. Simply wear the socks every day and we continuously monitor the health of your feet to let you know there's a problem. Learn more here.

3. How often should I come in for an appointment?

Based on your blood sugar levels, foot exam, medical history, and lifestyle your doctor may recommend that you come in more frequently than once a year.

4. What do I need to take care of my feet every day?

Your doctor may suggest things like wearing socks, doing a daily foot exam, or other preventive practices. Depending on your health and concerns these suggestions will vary.

5. What do I do if I notice a problem with my feet?

It's important to talk to your doctor about what to do if you do notice a problem with your feet. Even a blister can turn into something serious, so find out from your doctor when they want you to call or schedule an appointment.

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Are there any other questions that you ask when you go to the podiatrist? Let us know your biggest concerns and questions in the comments below.

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