If you have diabetes, don’t force your feet into tightly fitted shoes any longer! Researchers have found that over 60% of those who have diabetes risk foot complications. These foot complications can lead to amputation due to wearing poorly fitted shoes.
Wearing shoes that don’t fit your natural size can lead to foot wounds, or ulcers, that can lead to amputation and even possible death if not detected or treated right away. It’s not just ulcers that can result from too tight of shoes. Of these studies performed, researchers also found that 50% of the participants experienced other foot problems with their feet including calluses, bunions, corns and swelling.
Now that these startling percentages and health risks are known, it’s time to do away with those high heels or too small of shoes. Start treating your feet right! You know the importance of managing your diabetes, but altering your choice of footwear can help promote healthy feet, which is just as important for regulating your diabetes.
How can you pick the best shoes for your diabetic feet? Podiatrist Harvey Dancigerrecommends prescription footwear which will:
- Accommodate, stabilize, and support deformities
- Limit motion of joints
- Reduce shock and shear
- Relieve areas of excessive pressure.
These characteristics can be found though the following prescription diabetic shoe types, which include:
- Custom made shoes - The most severe of deformities can be accommodated with the help of custom made shoes that are designed from a cast or model of your foot type.
- External shoe modifications - The outside of the shoe can be altered by adjusting the shape of the sole or by adding materials that will help absorb shock.
- Healing shoes - After surgery or ulcer treatment, healing shoes will often be used before a regular shoe can be worn to promote the healing process.
- In-depth shoes - These shoes are the most common for diabetic footwear prescriptions. The added depth of the shoe accommodates for orthotic inserts, are light weight, have shock absorption, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes to match your feet.
- Orthotics - These removable inserts can be custom made to provide the amount of support and shock absorption needed for your specific foot type and condition.
Let us help give your feet the best comfort and support needed by finding the right diabetic shoe for you! Contact our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger.