Diabetes 365, Day 20, originally uploaded by Khürt.Feet. Those things at the end of our legs that keep us from falling over. Sometimes stinky. What’s the big deal with feet and diabetes? Well according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and my endocrinologist if I don’t protect my feet and “inspect” them for nicks and cuts I could lose them. The cuts could get infected and well… suffice to say I need to keep my feet protected. Another side effect of diabetes.