I am diabetic and recently had my toe amputated. I have been fit with a custom shoe insert with a ‘toe filler’, which I wear with my diabetic shoes.What can I do to protect my remaining toes?

People living with sensory diabetic neuropathy may not be able to feel pain, cold, or heat in their feet. For this reason, daily self-examination is essential in preserving health and mobility.

How Often Should I Check My Feet?

Feet should be examined daily.

What am I Looking for?

  • Cuts, scratches, blisters, or any other skin irritation.
  • Discoloration, redness.
  • Excessive warmth or pain to touch. 
  • Ingrown toenails, calluses, corns.

What Else Can I Do?

  • Wear socks and properly fitting shoes.
  • Keep feet clean and moisturized.
  • Ensure toenails are appropriately trimmed and shaped.
  • Following up regularly with a dedicated healthcare team can help keep blood glucose within range. Healthcare team members will also perform foot examinations. 

Contact your doctor if you notice any skin irritation during your daily check. If you experience problems with the fit of your custom insert, contact your orthotist to schedule a follow-up appointment. 

To learn more about living with diabetes, check out The American Diabetes Association.

The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. In the event of a medical emergency, call a doctor or 911 immediately. 

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