LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Doctors say don’t take your feet for granted. They work hard and can tell you more about your health than you may realize. Comfortable shoes are important. So are personal habits in order to avoid serious problems later, especially for those diagnosed with diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest seeing a podiatrist at least once a year. Some diabetics have a reduced blood flow to the legs and feet- which can make it difficult to recognize a problem. Don't smoke- or stop if you do. Smoking can reduce blood flow to the feet.
Be active and maintain a healthy weight but try and choose foot friendly activities. The CDC also suggests being familiar with and recognizing the body's warning signs about potential health issues with the feet. Those may include tingling or burning, numbness, color and temperature change, leg pain or cramping.
See a doctor if you recognize these signs.