Tips for Buying Diabetes-Friendly Shoes | Everyday Health
When you have type 2 diabetes, you need to pay close attention to your feet and the shoes you put on them.
Heres why: People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing poor circulation and nerve damage in their feet, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Poor blood flow to the feet makes it more difficult for wounds to heal. Even minor issues, like calluses, blisters, and cuts, can become serious problems and lead to infection. And nerve damage can cause loss of sensation in your feet , so you may not feel if you step on something sharp, if your shoes are rubbing or pinching, or if you get a blister.
All of this means that the right footwear is a must. Your shoes must not only be comfortable but fit well too, says Adam Isaac, DPM, director of the Complex Foot Wound Clinic at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States. Shoes that fit properly can help protect your feet and reduce your risk of developing foot ulcers and infections.
Heres how to be sure the shoes you wear are diabetes-friendly:
See your podiatrist before you shop. Your podiatrist can recommend the best type of shoes for you and let you know if you need custom orthotics, says Dr. Isaac. Orthotics can provide additional comfort and support, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. You may need prescription diabetic shoes that have extra depth to them and supportive arches, Isaac says.
Shop for shoes later in the day. Your feet can swell over the course of the day, and you want to get a true idea of how the shoe is going to feel in real-life scenarios, Isaac says. Continue reading