- Inspect your feet daily
- Be gentle when bathing your feet
- Moisturize your feet, but not between toes
- Cut nails carefully and always straight across
- Never trim corns and calluses
- Wear clean dry diabetic socks
- Wear socks to bed
- Shake out your shoes and inspect inside before wearing
- Keep your feet warm and dry
- Never walk barefoot
- Take care of your diabetes
- Don't smoke
- Get periodic foot exams
Did you know that various shoe lacing techniques can prevent injuries, alleviate pain and relieve foot problems?
Here are some lacing tips from Dr. Comfort to help ensure your shoes fit properly if you have narrow feet, wide feet, high arches, or if you are experiencing toe problems or other foot pain.
The conventional method of shoe lacing, simply crisscrossing to the top of the shoe, works best for most people, but these techniques are excellent for anyone suffering from poor-fitting footwear.
One of the most common complications with diabetes is neuropathy, which refers to a loss of feeling in the feet or legs. This occurs when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels that lead to your nerves, affecting the nerve’s ability to feel sensation.
If you suffer from neuropathy, friction from poorly fitting shoes can cause blisters or small injuries to your feet or toes. If left untreated, these minor problems can turn into more serious diabetic foot ulcers, which if infected, can lead to amputations of the toes, foot, or leg.
Adults with diabetes may also experience decreased blood flow throughout their body, making it harder to fight infection. As a result, wounds take longer to heal and can quickly advance to a more serious medical condition.
The use of proper footwear such as those made by Orthofeet, can dramatically reduce the risk of amputation. In fact, a study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that the use of proper footwear, regular exams and preventative foot care reduced amputations among diabetics by 50%!
Diabetic Shoes Direct offers a wide collection of athletic shoes and dress shoes that meet the needs of those suffering from diabetic neuropathy. Please remember to always wear socks or stockings, and to break in your new shoes slowly. With appropriate foot care and proper shoes, the risk of catastrophic injury is greatly reduced
For many of us, the idea of regular exercise seems daunting. But did you know that simply taking a walk everyday can substantially improve our health and our overall wellbeing.
The benefits of walking are well documented. Research has demonstrated that walking for 30 minutes a day provide the following health benefits:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced risk of Diabetes Type 2
- Lower blood pressure
- Healthier blood sugar levels
- Stronger bones
- Lower risk of obesity
- Prevents depression and anxiety
According to the American Heart Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes each day can help prevent high blood pressure which can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27%. The key to achieving optimal benefits is to walk every day. It’s fine to start with short walks- a 15 minute walk during lunch, a 20 minute walk around the block after work. Start small and you will increase your endurance over time. If you are new to walking, make sure you do a little preparation before heading out:
- Wear comfortable, supportive footwear
- Stretch before and after walking
- Stay hydrated
While walking, it is important to consider your technique. The Mayo Clinic suggests:
- Keep your head up and look forward- ensure you are not looking not at the ground
- Keep your back tall and straight while allowing your shoulders and neck to relax
- Allow your arms to swing freely
- Step correctly by walking heel to toe
Diabetic shoes are a necessity for anyone experiencing Diabetic Neuropathy to prevent complications that can lead to severe injury or even amputations. We recommend that anyone suffering from Diabetic Neuropathy choose shoes that meet the following guidelines:
- Has a full length, heel-to-toe filler that when removed provides a minimum of 3/16" of additional depth used to accommodate custom-molded or customized inserts
- Is made from leather or other suitable material of equal quality
- Has some form of shoe closure such as lace or velcro
- Is available in full and half sizes with a minimum of three widths
DiabeticShoesDirect.com has an excellent selection of shoes for men and women to meet the needs of anyone experiencing neuropathy to help prevent ulcers and calluses, which can lead to severe injuries.