At some point, you should see a diabetes educator – usually a nurse, physician’s assistant, dietitian, pharmacist or other health-care professional – to learn how to care for your feet properly and avoid or delay the onset of any diabetic foot complications.
Sometimes physical therapists are trained to help people with diabetic foot problems. Any of these health professionals may be a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and can help you learn about diabetes and proper foot care.
Another person who can help is a podiatrist. Podiatrists are trained to take care of feet, and can help with everything from routine care to foot surgery. If you need a referral, ask your primary-care or diabetes-care provider.
Other people trained in foot care include:
- Orthopedic surgeons – Specialize in bone surgery; some specialize in surgery of the foot and ankle.
- Vascular surgeons – Specialize in surgery on the blood vessels; some specialize in surgery on the blood vessels of the legs and feet. They can help restore circulation to the feet.
- Pedorthists – Professional shoe fitters who make and fit shoes and insoles for people with foot problems. They can help, especially if you have lost feeling in your feet.