Taking care of your feet requires learning about and addressing risk factors before they become problems. These resources can help you to take better care of your feet.
American Lung Association
(800) LUNG-USA (586-4872)
The Web site of the American Lung Association. Click on “Stop Smoking” for information on quitting smoking, legislation against smoking, and smoking and pregnancy.
American Physical Therapy Association
(800) 999-APTA (2782)
TDD: (703) 683-6748
Click on “For the Public” to learn more about physical therapy, find physical therapists in your area, read information on a variety of conditions that can be helped by therapy, and how physical therapy works with your insurance.
American Podiatric Medicine Association
(800) FOOTCARE (366-8227)
The APMA’s Web site can help you to find a podiatrist in your area and to learn more about ulcers and how diabetes affects the feet.
Feet Can Last a Lifetime
Primarily aimed at health-care professionals, this booklet is also available offline by calling the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at (800) 860-8747. Also available from this site or through their ordering number, (800) 438-5383, is “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime,” a sheet of foot-care tips for people with diabetes.
Legs for Life
Started by the Society of Interventional Radiology and now backed by a number of organizations, Legs for Life is a national program that provides free screenings for peripheral vascular disease. Visit the Web site to find a participating site or an interventional radiologist near you.
Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Program
(888) ASK-HRSA (275-4772)
The LEAP program works to reduce the number of lower extremity amputations in people with diabetes. Visit the Web site or call to order your own free, reusable LEAP filament and instructional brochure to check your own feet for loss of sensation.
(877) 44U-QUIT (448-7848)
TTY: (800) 332-8615
Created by a branch of the National Cancer Institute, this guide to quitting smoking offers brochures, a step-by-step quit guide, telephone numbers for local and state quitlines, and even an instant messaging service so you can chat with a staff member online.