"Why is it important to take care of your feet if you’re a diabetic? Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the United States—26 million people have it, and 7 million don’t know they have it. Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations. Often, we as podiatrists are the first to diagnose diabetes based on our comprehensive exams. Symptoms that you may have are burning and tingling to the toes, especially at night, and sores that won’t heal. We do neurological, vascular, and muscular skeletal exams to help evaluate. Diabetes can make it hard to feel things that you used to, such as knowing if something is sharp or dull or telling if the water temperature is too hot. Diabetes can make skin dry and crack. Ulcerations and open sores are also common and can take diabetics longer to heal. We recommend daily exams at home. If you can’t perform them yourself, then have somebody else check for you. Other tips we recommend include diabetic wear white socks, no soaking of the feet, and don’t go barefoot. Remember, we only have two feet; we have to take care of them. Contact our office to schedule your comprehensive diabetic foot evaluation and learn more about how diabetes affects your feet."