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Importance Of Diabetic Shoes

Updated on May 11, 2011

Diabetes Foot Care

Anyone who lives with diabetes knows that the disease makes it so they must pay more attention to things that many take for granted. It is important to take certain precautions in many daily activities which can make simple tasks not so simple. Thankfully, there are many advances in diabetic accessories that make living with diabetes much easier to handle.

One key factor that diabetics should not ignore is the proper care of their feet. To do this, it is important to where orthopedic shoes which are sometimes also referred to as diabetic shoes. Since many diabetics suffer from foot related complications, these shoes are specifically designed to help decrease the likelihood of blisters and other infections that can lead to something more serious. But, because no foot is the same, no orthopedic shoe is designed exactly the same. All the shoes have different heights, weights and features and support your personal features the best. Regardless of what your foot size and shape might be, the shoe you select should have extra depth, good ventilation, some room for your toes, a thick sole, and also be lightweight.

To be sure that you are buying a pair of shoes that properly fit, it is important that you first visit a podiatrist. When visiting the doctor he or she can best describe and define any areas that need special requirement or attention, and then go from there on what shoe would be best for you. The doctor will also advise you on how to qualify for Medicare, and how they are able to cover your diabetic shoes plus 3 custom inserts every calendar year.

While something as simple as a shoe may seem like a very small step to help make diabetes easier to deal with, they certainly do help and they do provide preventative care. Orthotic shoes help prevent many issues such as heel pain, arch pain, knee pain, flat feet, high arched feet, and lower back pain. The shoes can also help treat many other complications like foot ulcerations, recurrent bunions, and infectious blisters. These shoes not only help take away many complications of diabetes, they are also stylish. Orthopedic shoes make a difference in everyday life and help tremendously to ease pain, making walking much more comfortable.


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      7 years ago

      I have diabetic family members. One we have lost due to the infection spreading and others have a more mild case of it that still worries me. Although their feet have not become an issue as of yet, it is something to consider as a gift to them. Thanks for sharing. I voted up!


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