"I can't walk without shoes in the house" (1:48)
Deborah, age 57, always wears shoes, even in the house or on the beach, to reduce her risk of amputation
Foot injuries are the number-one reason for hospitalizations in people with diabetes. Even the most minor injury can cause a foot ulcer, which can lead to an amputation
. About 15% of people with diabetes develop a foot ulcer, and about 25% of foot-ulcer patients require an amputation. Black, Hispanic and Native American patients with diabetes are 2 to 3 times as likely to have an amputation as whites. Protecting your feet from injuryand checking your feet every day with a mirror to spot problemscan help prevent amputations.