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Many people with diabetes have circulatory issues, which can affect their nerve endings and sometimes lead to foot complications. A simple plan to take better care of your feet can help reduce your risk of foot issues and help your feet continue to take you wherever you want to to go.
The best way to start is to take your shoes and socks off when you go in for your regualar check up with your doctor. Ask your doctor about steps you can take to help protect your feet from complications commonly associated with diabetes.
Diabetic shoes are specially construced to protect your feet. They're also extra deep to accommodate special inserts, which are either heat molded to your feet or custom made. Special features and materials combine to provide your feet with the extra protection they need. These special shoes and inserts must be prescribed by your doctor and professionally fit by a qualified foot care professional. Here at Buckeye, we have certified orthotic fitters at all of our locations for your convenience.
Today's Diabetic Shoes Fit Your Lifestyle
When people hear the term "therapeutic shoes", they often think of ugly, bulky, old black shoes. Today's diabetic shoes come in many beautiful colors and styles, just like regualar shoes.
Foot Health Do's
- Inspect your feet daily for blisters, cuts, and scratches. Always check between your toes.
- Wear shoes that are designed to protect your feet from injury.
- Wash your feet daily. Dry carefully.
- Avoid extreme temperatures. Test water with your hands before bathing.
- If your feet feel cold at night, wear socks.
- Inspect the insides of your shoes daily for foreign objects and rough areas.
- Shoes should be fitted by a footcare specialists and be comfortable at the time of purchase.
- See your physician and be sure to have your feet examined at each visit.
Foot Health Dont's
- Don't smoke.
- Don't soak your feet in hot water.
- Don't walk on hot surfaces such as sandy beaches or on the cement around swimming pools.
- Don't walk barefoot.
- Don't use chemical agents for the removal of corns and calluses.
- Don't wear mended stockings and avoid stockings or socks with exposed seams.
- Don't use oil or cream between your toes.
- Don't wear sandals with thongs between the toes.
- Don't cut corns or calluses; see your physician.
- Don't wear shoes with pointed toe areas.