Diabetes and Your Feet

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All diabetics are warned that their metabolic disease often affects the eyes, the kidneys and the feet with often tragic consequences. Poor circulation, numbness and burning, loss of balance and strength, foot ulcers, infections and all too often gangrene and amputation are commonly associated with Diabetes. Starting with a complete lower extremity evaluation, a determination of how your Diabetes has affected your feet, a program of care can be custom developed to treat and reverse any existing problems and prevent future problems from developing. Working along side of internists and endocrinologists as part of the diabetes health professional team, podiatry has been proven to be a valuable asset in maintaining longevity and quality of life for diabetics. All diabetics should at least have an annual Podiatry exam.

Diabetes causes nerve damage and reduced circulation that can be hazardous to your feet. Deterioration of your peripheral nerves (Doctors call it “neuropathy.”) reduces sensation in your extremities, so you may not feel it when you hurt your feet.

Poor blood circulation can also make it difficult for foot injuries and infections to heal. That’s why even a small bump or cut can result in serious consequences if it goes without timely medical attention.

Why Footwear Matters

Well-made, properly fitting footwear can help you avoid complications associated with diabetes, including unnecessary amputations.

Medicare compliant Diabetic shoe suppliers offer a complete footwear system for men and women with diabetes.

Shoes

  • The extra width and depth of Diabetic shoes alleviate pressure on swollen feet, bunions, hammer toes for a more comfortable fit.
  • Their supportive, lightweight shoe design protects your feet — and helps you stay active.
  • Heat-molded inserts personalize the fit of your Diabetic shoes.

Socks

  • Diabetic socks promote blood circulation while reducing the moisture and microbial growth that can cause infections.

Slippers

  • Slippers offer protection for your feet from injury around the house.

Medicare often provides coverage of Diabetic shoes and inserts because quality, custom-fit footwear is key to the ongoing foot health of people with diabetes.

To protect your feet against the complications of diabetes, follow these simple tips:

  • Carefully bathe and dry your feet daily to prevent infections.
  • Avoid walking around barefoot or in open sandals to prevent injuries to your feet.
  • Quit smoking to maintain healthy blood circulation.