If the shoe fits, wear it, right? Yes, but you may need to keep a little more in mind when you’re considering shoes for diabetes. However, a proper fitting pair is a good start!
If you’re in the early stages of diabetes, have no foot problems, have controlled blood sugar, or haven’t experienced wounds or loss of feeling in your feet, a well-fitting pair with cushion and some shock absorption should do the trick.
Finding Shoes for Diabetes
Shoes for diabetes are necessary if you suffer from uncontrollable blood sugar or any foot problems. Diabetic shoes make it easier to find the right construction and fit by incorporating most of these elements into each pair. Most of the time, these types of footwear will prevent sweat that increases bacteria growth, and have a curved toe and heel to help keep your balance, a deep toe box, and a lightweight construction.
When you’re shopping, don’t forget to look for these qualities, too: (1) deep and wide pairs that offer ample room for your feet to ventilate and breathe and also leave room for orthotics; (2) no interior seams (covered seams are OK) to make sure you don’t develop calluses, blisters, and infections; (3) shoelaces that provide maximum adjustability if your feet swell or develop a deformity; and (4) a roomy toe box to keep your toes and forefoot free from pinching.
If you have problems with loss of feeling, there are many professionals and pedorthists who can take measurements of your feet and recommend the perfect footwear for you. Some people end up buying a pair that’s too small for them because they can’t feel the tightness of the shoe on certain areas of the foot. If you’re having problems finding shoes, make sure to visit Sierra Foot & Ankle for an appointment.
Finding Orthotics for Diabetes
Orthotics are custom-made supports that fit the exact contour of your foot. These inserts are good ways treat problems without surgery. Orthotics for diabetes are mostly used to cushion shock and take pressure off any foot problems you may have, whether it’s a blister, ulcer, or deformity. They are also very effective at preventing these problems too.
Other Types of Special Footwear for Diabetes
When someone needs prescription footwear from a physician, it’s usually because they need more of an in-depth shoe. This type of footwear has an extra ¼ to ½ depth to account for an orthotic insertion or a deformity that’s present on the foot.
You may also need a special shoe if you’ve recently undergone ulcer surgery or any type of ulcer treatment. In this case, the doctor may prescribe an open toe, heat-moldable, or post-operative type of foot support.
Special shoes can also be made from an exact cast of your foot. This is necessary if you have a severe deformity that may prohibit you from fitting into most types of footwear. Truly, anything is possible when it comes to getting proper support and fit for your feet.
If you need shoes or orthotics for diabetes, don’t wait. Find a podiatrist like Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, that will recommend or prescribe you a custom pair of shoes for your condition. To make an appointment, call our Carson City, Nevada office at (775) 783-8037. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest!
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