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Keeping Your Feet Healthy

LIVING WITH DIABETES: FOOT CARE
www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Web site is a great starting point for foot care basics, with recommendations about preventative steps such as starting an exercise program and getting information about prescription footwear.

EXERCISING WITH DIABETES COMPLICATIONS
www.joslin.org/info/exercising-with-diabetes-complications.html
The Joslin Diabetes Center’s Web site has a number of pages about exercise safety for people with diabetes, including a page specifically about diabetes complications and how best to exercise if you have them. The foot-related conditions covered include peripheral neuropathy, foot ulcers, and Charcot foot (a condition related to neuropathy in which the bone structure of the foot breaks down).

NATIONAL DIABETES INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE (NDIC)
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
(800) 860-8747
TTY: (866) 569-1162
Fax: (703) 738-4929
ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov
www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) page about diabetes complications of the feet and skin (www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/complications_feet/) offers basic information on foot and skin care as well as resources to help you find diabetes educators and dietitians in your area to help keep you healthy.

MEDLINEPLUS: DIABETIC FOOT
US National Library of Medicine
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabeticfoot.html
The NIH’s MedlinePlus is a library of information about health topics of all kinds, including diabetes. The page “Diabetic Foot” has a number of different resources for foot care, such as an interactive foot care tutorial (available in English and Spanish), the latest research and upcoming clinical trials, glossaries and dictionaries, and downloadable PDFs.

Organizations
THE NEUROPATHY ASSOCIATION
60 East 42nd Street, Suite 942
New York, NY 10165
(212) 692-0662
info@neuropathy.org
www.neuropathy.org
The Web site of the Neuropathy Association, dedicated to raising awareness of the condition, also provides support for people who have it. The Resources tab on the home page offers links to help you find a support group in your area (or start one), personal stories and information from people with peripheral neuropathy, and an online store where books and other materials are available for purchase.

VASCULAR DISEASE FOUNDATION
550 M Ritchie Highway
PMB-281
Severna Park, MD 21146
(443) 261-5564
www.vasculardisease.org
The Vascular Disease Foundation’s (VDF) Web site provides information about a number of vascular conditions, including peripheral arterial disease, under the Education & Prevention tab on the home page. The Resources & Support tab has links to help you find a vascular specialist in your area; the VDF also hosts an online support community.

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