Think Diabetic Shoes Mean Ugly? Think Again!
Shoe choice is always important, but finding the right shoes when you have diabetes is crucial. Prescription shoes may bring to your mind images of the black lace-ups your grandma used to wear, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Whether or not you think “looks are everything,” you should be able to find a good pair of diabetic shoes that doesn’t leave fashion in the dust. More important, you will have chosen wisely to prevent one of the major problems facing those with diabetes—foot ulcers.
Does Everyone with Diabetes Need Prescription Shoes?
As long as your feet are in good condition, you can wear regular shoes. Use common sense and choose styles that don’t crowd your foot or irritate it in any way. Your footwear should also have enough cushioning to protect it. Stay away from stiff leather shoes that don’t adapt to your feet, and flip flops or sandals with thongs that rub between your toes and provide little protection. Keep inspecting your feet every day, and as long as there are no problems, you can continue to wear conventional shoes.
The problem comes when poor blood sugar control, foot deformities, or injuries leave you at risk for ulcers. When glucose levels are all over the place, nerve damage can occur in your feet. This makes them less sensitive to pain, so you can injure yourself without knowing it, or not sense a small sore getting worse. Abnormalities like bunions, hammertoes, or bone spurs can cause friction, which can result in a tender spot or lesion. If a broken bone or other injury causes you to favor part of your foot and put more pressure on other areas, it increases the risk of ulcers at those spots. At the first sign of any bruise or sore, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates to have it evaluated. Catching foot ulcers early may mean the difference between full healing and an infection that could lead to amputation.
What Diabetic Shoes Do for Your Feet
This footwear is designed from soft leather that adjusts to your foot. A typical shoe is usually higher and rounder at the front of the shoe, which leaves room for abnormal toe positions. This means less rubbing and friction for the skin on the top and sides of your feet. The shoes will also have a soft cushioned insole that protects the soles of your feet. Those with serious diabetic foot problems may need more advanced therapeutic shoes, such as those that are made from a cast of your foot to redistribute the pressure on the bottom of it. The goal of all diabetic footwear is to make adjustments to eliminate any pressure spots that could end up turning into an ulcer.
Great Diabetic Foot Care in New York
The specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates are experts at diabetic foot care and can help you find the right diabetic shoes for you. With over 100 years of foot care know how, we have seen it all, and can help you find answers to your foot problems. Call our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, our Plainview location at (516) 822-9595, or our Flushing, NY office at (718) 969-2266. We combine conservative care with the latest treatments to get you the result you need—life free of foot pain. Call us today, or request an appointment online.