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Keep Your Shoes On

Once you find shoes that fit well, wear them all the time. Don't go barefoot, even around the house or pool areas. "Some patients, when they are numb, may walk on a piece of glass and not be aware of it," says podiatric surgeon Robert K. Lee, DPM.

Foot doctors suggest putting on shoes even if you just take a few steps to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. There's always a chance you could step on something, not feel it, and injure yourself.

Enjoy Occasional Fancy Feet

Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to wear sensible shoes every day for the rest of your life.

"The need for being careful depends on how advanced the neuropathy is," Lee says. "The risks vary significantly depending on how advanced the disease is and how numb or how bad circulation is." If you have normal feeling and blood flow, it may be OK to wear normal shoes -- even dressy shoes like high heels or pointy wingtips -- for short periods of time, Lee says.

Ask your foot doctor what's best for your foot.