It is advisable never to go barefoot if you have diabetes.  Due to decreased feeling, or peripheral neuropathy, if you step on a foreign object and pierce the skin or cause an injury on the bottom of your foot, you may not feel it.  In addition, if you do have a break in skin due to an injury, many times decreased blood flow and other factors in the blood may prolong wound healing.  So don't take a chance by going barefoot; always wear the shoes prescribed by your podiatrist.  For more information about diabetes and your feet, visit us at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic.