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Caring for Your Feet

Pack comfortable shoes, socks, and a first-aid kit to treat minor foot injuries.

Bring at least two pairs of shoes so you can change them often. This can help you avoid blisters and sore pressure points.

Protect your feet at all times. Don't go barefoot -- not even by the pool, shore, or while swimming. Wear shoes made for ocean or beach walking.

Avoid open-toe shoes like sandals or flip-flops. Exposed toes make injury and infection more likely.

Follow your daily foot-care routine.

Handling an Emergency Overseas

If you have a diabetic emergency while you're overseas and you don't know where to go, try the American consulate, the Red Cross, or a local medical school.

Prescription laws may be different in foreign countries. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends getting a list of International Diabetes Federation groups from www.idf.org.

Get a list of English-speaking foreign doctors from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, www.iamat.org or 716-754 4883.