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When you have diabetes, you need to take special care of your feet.

Diabetic nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, can make you less able to feel pain, especially in your feet. You can get a corn, blister, callus, or foot injury and not know it. These foot problems can become open sores or lead to foot ulcers. That's why it's important to inspect your feet daily and choose your shoes wisely. Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes to help keep small foot problems from turning into severe ones.

Find the Right Size

If you haven't had your foot measured in a while, visit a shoe store to see what size you should wear, suggests podiatrist James Wrobel, DPM. Make sure you are not buying shoes that are too small or too big, which can cause blisters and calluses, he says.

About 6 out of 10 people with diabetes wear the wrong size shoes, a study at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom found. Another study found that only about one-fourth of all people wear the correct sized shoes.

If you start to have nerve damage or numbness, you may pick shoes that are too small because tight shoes are more likely to feel the snug on your feet. But don't mistake tightness for good support, Wrobel says. Instead, wear shoes with comfortable -- not tight -- support.