Take our True/False Quiz
- Even though someone in my family has diabetes, I don’t need to worry about it.
FALSE — Along with age and obesity, a family history of diabetes can increase your chances of developing diabetes.
- I need to educate my family on the dangers of diabetes.
TRUE — Diabetes is a family affair. Everyone in the family should know about the disease and should be helping those with diabetes control it.
- As long as my feet do not hurt, I don’t need to visit a podiatrist.
FALSE — Diabetes can lead to loss of sensation or numbness of the extremities. You may not feel the pain, even if there is a significant problem. Any noticeable change in the feet such as redness, swelling, sores that don’t heal, loss of hair, or scaly skin may indicate a more serious problem.
- Having diabetes makes my feet more susceptible to common infections, such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails.
TRUE—People with diabetes have a decreased immune response, which can make common foot infections more prevalent.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, visit a podiatrist regularly and “knock your socks off” to keep your feet healthy.