How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Other Wounds on the Feet

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It’s a routine to check blood sugar levels and track body changes as someone with diabetes. Even the best management pose issues with one’s feet.

15 – 25% of diabetics develop foot ulcers.

Ulcers increase the chance of infection proving fatal if untreated. Ulcers are also one of the primary reasons for amputation for diabetics.

This article will share how to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.

What to Know about Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Understanding the causation and risks of foot ulcers begins the prevention routine. Recurring foot ulcers are not uncommon. One’s commitment to diabetic foot care will reduce amputation and mortality rates.

Note: Always consult medical practitioners before adopting care management.

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Stages

Unchecked diabetes and lifestyle routines cause the early formation of foot ulcers. Ulcers are not typically noticeable when forming below fatty layers.

Pressure builds causing skin deterioration leading to sores prone to infections.

Stages include:

  1. Risk
  2. Present (No Infection)
  3. Deep
  4. Extensive

Advanced stages of foot ulcers cause:

  • Cellulitis – A bacterial skin infection
  • Osteomyelitis – A bone infection
  • Gangrene – Decaying or dead tissue

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Drainage from the wound
  • Swelling and firmness
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Discoloration
  • Chills and fevers

How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot care begins with the willingness to seek treatment.

Stubbornness accounts 1/5th of why many forgo medical examinations and treatment. With 29-million U.S. diabetics and a fifth in danger of developing ulcers, now’s not the time to hope for the best.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check Regularly: Check feet daily for scrapes, cuts, and wounds. Prod the area feeling for discomfort and stiffness. Ask a family member to check or verify concerns.
  • Maintain Blood Glucose: Keep up with the diabetic routine. Check glucose levels daily and adjusting accordingly. Keep a journal detailing routines and concerns for yourself and medical professionals.
  • Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: These two limits blood circulation and increase blood pressure. Seek over-the-counter or medicinal quitting aids.
  • Better Hygiene: Practice better cleaning routines especially with feet. Wash daily, extensively, and dry the area thoroughly. Use moisturizer to prevent lesions from cracked skin. Hygiene includes proper nail care, too.
  • Diabetic Aids: Buy and use diabetic-friendly footwear and socks. These items lessen foot/leg pressure and promote healthier circulation.
  • Slow Down: Practice mobility mindfulness helping to avoid overexertion and mishaps. Pace yourself. Invest in mobility aids to lessen foot pressure.
  • Corn/Callus Removal: Husky, dry buildups are prone to cracks. Seek podiatry services to remove corns and calluses.
  • Ointments: Medicinal or over-the-counter ointments and antibiotics applied at first signs are beneficial.

Diabetics are encouraged to practice regular checkups. This includes examinations to identify circulatory problems and other ulcer signs.

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How to Tell if You Have a Bunion

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Almost one-third of adults will develop a bunion, a protrusion that causes your big toe to bend toward your other toes.

Despite how common bunions are, most people don’t think about them until they suspect they might have one. Almost anyone can develop a bunion. It doesn’t matter how old you are, and men and women alike can develop them.

How can you tell if the lump on your foot is actually a bunion or if it’s something else? If you notice these common bunion symptoms, you probably have a bunion developing.

You Have Pain and Tenderness in the Toe

Bunions tend to develop over time. You may not notice pain and tenderness as one of your first symptoms. Nonetheless, big toe pain is usually the symptom that makes people seek treatment.

Bunion pain is usually located in the base of the big toe or in the ball of your foot. If the pain is severe, you may not be able to walk properly.

Swelling and Redness Are Common Bunion Symptoms

Along with the bunion pain symptoms, you might notice swelling and redness. Your big toe and the ball of your foot may also feel warm to the touch.

The skin around the affected area may also become shiny.

You Have an Angular, Bony Bump

This is probably the first bunion symptom you noticed. You have an angular, bony bump on the side of your foot, at the base of the big toe. You may have a callus over it.

This may appear over time and even before bunion pain starts. The bump is caused by the widening of bones in your feet, known as metatarsals. This leads to misalignment.

Your big toe may start to bend toward your other toes.

This widening often happens with age, but bunions can affect almost anyone. The development of bunions appears to be hereditary. Certain shoes can make bunions worse, but they don’t cause them.

What Can You do about Bunions?

When they first start, bunions are often a mere annoyance. You may feel embarrassed about your feet. Over time, bunions can cause more severe complications.

If you do have a bunion, you and your podiatrist can develop a treatment plan. You may need special orthopedic shoes or insoles to help support the foot. If you have a job where you’re on your feet a lot, you may need modified duties.

For severe cases, you may need to consider bunion surgery. Sometimes called a bunionectomy, the procedure happens at a surgery center or hospital.

Bunion surgery should only be considered if your bunions are causing problems such as impairing your ability to walk.

Consult with a Doctor

If you have bunion symptoms, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist. They can help you determine if you do have a bunion. They can then help you determine the right treatment.

If you have a bunion, talk to a podiatrist today. They can help you manage your symptoms and get back to living your best life.

10 Useful Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

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10 Useful Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

How are your feet feeling? If you have diabetes, it’s important to “keep on top of” your feet, so to speak.

If you aren’t carefully caring for your feet, it’s time to start. But how do you know what to do?

Luckily, there are several things you can do to ensure you’re practicing proper diabetic foot care. Here are ten tips for caring for your feet at home.

1. Check Daily

Every day, assess how your feet are doing. Check for any red spots, swelling, or other issues. If you can’t properly see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.

Don’t just assume nothing’s wrong! Always check.

2. Choose Good Socks and Shoes

Avoid walking barefoot, since going without shoes can lead to injury. Make sure you always choose good, supportive shoes and comfortable socks.

Do your best to wear supportive shoes at all times. If you’d like to wear fashionable shoes, try using inserts for more support.

3. Wash Every Day

Whether they appear or feel dirty or not, you should wash your feet every day. Once you’re done cleaning, dry your feet thoroughly. Don’t forget the areas between your toes!

4. Seek Help for Lesion Removal

If you spot any calluses or other lesions, don’t try to remove them yourself. Doing so may cause injury to your skin. Always consult your doctor or a podiatrist if something needs to be removed.

5. Use Your Elbow to Check Water

When testing the temperature of water, don’t use your feet! They may not give you an accurate response, due to potential nerve damage. Instead, use an elbow to make sure bath or pool water isn’t too hot.

6. Stay Dry

Moisture on your feet can lead to infection, so keep your feet dry. If your shoes and socks get sweaty or wet, take them off immediately.

Moisturizers are okay but don’t use them between your toes where the moisture will stick around.

7. Visit a Podiatrist Often

Routinely visit a podiatrist to make sure your feet stay nice and healthy. Even if you care for your feet properly, issues may develop.

8. Trim Your Nails

Keep your feet nicely groomed by trimming your nails often. Long toenails aren’t only unsightly. The long nails on one foot may damage the skin on your other foot, so keep them short.

Use an emery board to keep your nail edges nice and soft!

9. Go for Low-Impact

Getting exercise is important, but some exercises put a lot of pressure on your feet. Walking and swimming are better than running and jumping jacks.

10. Keep Blood Flowing

Smoking and crossing your legs for a long time can restrict the flow of blood to your feet. Avoid those activities! Feel free to put your feet up while sitting and make sure you move your toes and ankles often.

Proper Diabetic Foot Care is Important

Caring for your feet is important when you have diabetes. Luckily, diabetic foot care doesn’t have to be hard.

These ten simple tips will help keep your feet healthy. Start integrating them into your routine today!

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Bunionectomy Expectations: Before During and After Surgery

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Bunionectomy Expectations: Before, During, and After Surgery

Bunionectomy Expectations: Before, During, and After Surgery

You can’t remember the last time you could walk around a new city without excruciating pain in your feet. You can’t find shoes that fit your feet right. You’re too embarrassed to wear sandals to summer barbecues.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. 23% of adults have bunions on their feet, and a whopping 35.7% of those above the age of 65 suffer from the painful foot deformity. It’s more common than you think, especially among women and the elderly.

If you catch it early, you might be able to simply find better fitting shoes to avoid needing bunion surgery. If you’re experiencing almost daily pain, though, a bunionectomy could be the best option for you.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about your bunionectomy and the following bunionectomy recovery.

Before Your Bunion Surgery

First of all, you’ll need to determine if you’re a good candidate for bunion surgery. Make an appointment with a podiatrist if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • foot pain that gets in the way of everyday activities
  • a consistently swollen and painful big toe
  • inability to bend your big toe
  • inability to walk far without acute pain in your foot

If you have a bad bunion that severely affects your quality of life, it’s likely you’ll be able to have it removed.

Once your surgery is planned, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare. First of all, your doctor will perform a few routine health checks, like taking X-rays and testing your blood and urine for illness. You’ll probably need to stop taking medications (including over-the-counter medication) before the surgery, too.

During Bunion Surgery

Bunion removal is considered a relatively minor surgery, so you probably won’t need general anesthesia. You’ll be given local anesthesia which will numb only your foot.

There are three different types of bunionectomies.

An exostectomy will simply remove the bunion from the foot. An osteotomy will remove the bunion and realign your toe joint into its original position. An arthrodesis will remove the bunion and then realign the toe joint using plates or screws– this is the most extensive bunion surgery.

After the surgery is over, you’ll go to a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. Expect to be there for just a few hours!

Bunion Surgery Recovery

Foot surgery recovery is typically pretty simple. Since bunion removals are typically outpatient surgeries, you’ll be able to go home as soon as the anesthesia wears off.

The initial recovery will take about six weeks, but you won’t be fully healed for about six months. In the first two weeks, you’ll wear a boot, and won’t be able to walk without crutches.

After the first two weeks are up, you’ll be able to put some weight on the foot, but it’s still best to stay off it as much as possible. You should keep it elevated often, too, and make sure to ice it regularly. Ice will help reduce inflammation, which will speed up the healing process.

After everything is all healed up, make sure to wear roomy shoes from here on out. Ladies, avoid heels for six months minimum after surgery, too.

Experiencing Foot Pain?

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Heel Pain Causes and Treatments

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Heel Pain Causes and Treatments: When to Visit a Doctor

Do you suffer from heel pain?

Pain in the heel can be debilitating. Did you know that 51% of Americans deal with some kind of foot pain? It can stop you from doing the things you love like hiking and running and even make day-to-day tasks difficult.

The first step in getting better it to figure out what is causing your pain and then discover what your options are to treat it effectively.

Read on to learn about heel pain causes and how to recover!

Signs You’re Suffering from Heel Pain

This may seem obvious; pain in your heel. But how do you know if it’s heel pain and not just a problem with your foot or Achilles tendon? Well, the pain generally occurs directly below the heel or between the heel and Achilles.

The frustrating part about the ailment is it is almost never the result of an injury. Meaning, you won’t know why you have it but over time, it will develop and become chronic, usually made worse by wearing flat shoes.

If this pain resurfaces on a regular basis with no warning or direct correlation to overuse or injury, you are likely suffering from chronic heel pain.

Heel Pain Causes

This condition is usually caused by repeated stress to an area of the foot that overtime becomes worn down, causing chronic pain. You may be suffering from Plantar fasciitis. The Plantar Fascia is a ligament that runs through the bottom of your foot from the heel to the ball of your foot.

Sometimes, this ligament becomes strained simply due to the natural shape of our foot and how it lands when walking. People with very flat feet often suffer from this condition along with those with extremely high arches.

When you walk, you are stretching your ligament and if you over stretch it while doing so, the tissue becomes brittle and overextended, resulting in pain.

You may be dealing with heal bursitis if your pain is centered mostly around the back of the heel as opposed to the bottom of the foot. This pain can be caused by excessive rubbing or pressure from the back of a shoe or if you are involved in a regular sport or activity that requires you to land hard on your feet.

If you’re a runner, you may want to consider a stress fracture as a possible cause of your pain. Repeated pounding on a hard surface can cause a fracture in the small metatarsal bones in the bottom of your foot.

Treatment Options

There are several ways to try to eliminate your pain. You can first start with an anti-inflammatory medicine such as an NSAID pain reliever. This can help bring the swelling down enough for your muscles and tissues to begin to heal.

If you have figured out that your pain is due to your foot shape, you may want to consider investing in a pair of custom orthotics. You can place these in any of your shoes daily and get the arch support your foot needs.

If neither of these treatments works, you may want to try physical therapy. The therapist can teach you ways to stretch the stressed ligaments to relieve pressure and pain. It can also help build the surrounding muscles in your legs so you don’t put as much pressure on your feet for support.

Don’t Suffer Any Longer!

With the information above, you’ll be able to figure out your heel pain causes and create a game plan for treatment. Remember that it will take time to recover so be patient and stay consistent.

You don’t have to suffer alone. Contact us for more information on how we can help you get back on track and don’t forget to check out our blog for more helpful tips.

Home Care Sports Injury Treatment Tips

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Try These Sports Injury Treatment Tips For the Best At-Home Care

More than 8.6 million people every year deal with some kind of sports injury. Though most people recover from these injuries without a problem, ignoring proper sports injury treatment can make them worse.

But this doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time at the doctor.

Take a look at these tips to learn what you can do to treat your sports injury at home.

Take Pain Medication

Pain medications that are nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen, can help your sports injury heal. Not only do they reduce any swelling and inflammation, they also relieve pain. This will help you feel better and take away some of the frustrations that come with these kinds of injuries.

But don’t take more medication than you need. Make sure you follow the medication’s instructions, and never take pain medication for more than 10 days in a row. (Only take medication for longer than 10 days if your physician says it’s okay.)

You should also never use pain medication to cover up your symptoms so you can continue exercising. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse. This could cause your injury to last much longer than it would have.

Keep Moving Around

After the pain and swelling have gone down, start moving your injured body part around again. If it’s an ankle or knee, start walking. If it’s an arm or shoulder, start using it around the house.

This will enable you to build up your strength until you can return to your normal activities. Resting or favoring your injury for too long could encouraging scarring to form around the injury site.

But remember to be careful and slow.

Allow yourself to rest for several days before trying some gentle stretches and activities. Trying to return to your normal activities too fast can also make your injury worse.

Cross-Train While You’re Recovering

Once your injury has healed enough for you to work out again, don’t jump back into your normal routine right away. Though your injury has healed, pushing it too hard puts you at risk of hurting it again.

Cross-training lets you rest your injury while maintaining your endurance and conditioning. Shift your exercise focus to another part of your body. For example, instead of putting your attention on an injured leg, work on your arms.

When Should I Visit a Doctor?

Some sports injuries are serious, and you should not try to treat them on your own. When this is the case, visiting the doctor should be your first priority.

So how can you tell when a sports injury is bad enough for a doctor’s appointment?

Here are a few examples:

  • Loss of movement
  • Any eye injury
  • Severe pain or numbness
  • Exposed bone
  • Signs of infection, fever, pus, red streaks, etc.
  • Immediate swelling
  • Severe bleeding or bruising
  • A minor injury takes longer than three weeks to heal

You can tell the seriousness of an injury by how much it hurts. Severe pain indicates a severe injury and is the first sign you should see a doctor. If an injury doesn’t hurt that much, proper home care should be enough.

Understanding Sports Injury Treatment

Though annoying to deal with, the proper sports injury treatment is an important part of the recovery process. If you try to ignore the pain and keep doing your normal activities, all you’ll do is make the problem worse.

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5 Most Common Causes of Toenail Fungus

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The 5 Most Common Causes of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is very contagious and incredibly easy to get. It’s a common problem in the nail that affects millions of Americans.

But how do you get it? Well, there are a lot of answers to that question. Almost all fungal nail infections come from dermatophytes and the ones that aren’t, are caused by yeast and mold.

Many times, our lifestyle choices lead to fungal infections, but it really can be as simple as catching it from someone else. Read on to learn more about the causes of toenail fungus so you can prevent it from happening to you.

1. Barefoot in Public

When moisture gets trapped under the nail, toenail fungus begins. If you spend a lot of time in public barefoot, you’re opening yourself up to this.

Also, toenail fungus spreads from person to person, so if you’re walking barefoot in the same place that someone else with the fungus did, you’re asking for trouble.

People commonly walk barefoot in public showers and swimming pools. It’s easy for moisture to become trapped under our nails in these places, and when you add the fact that other people are walking barefoot there too it’s just a breeding ground for toenail fungus.

You should wear sandals and shoes in public places at all times, save the barefoot business for home.

2. Injury to the Toenail

There are two kinds of trauma that your toenail can experience, acute and blunt.

With acute trauma, you are injuring your nail over and over again. Think about athletes and runners with shoes that don’t fit. With every step they take, they drive their toe into the inside of the shoe.

When something heavy falls on your toes, or you bang them very hard, you’re experiencing blunt trauma. Even if it just happens once, it’s a lot easier to get toenail fungus. Make sure that your nail doesn’t turn black after an injury like this.

Both of these injuries are painful and they leave you susceptible to yellow toenail fungus. Your nail becomes weak and prone to infection.

3. Circulatory Issues

If you have poor circulation in your feet, you must be very careful to steer clear from toenail fungus. People with this condition are more prone to issues with their feet.

People with poor circulation often cant tell they are having problems with their feet because of nerve damage. But that same poor circulation also makes it harder to treat and messes up our ability to heal.

If you have circulatory issues, check your feet for fungus every day.

4. Pedicures

As much as pedicures make us feel pampered and look great, they put us at risk for toenail fungus. If the salon doesn’t properly sterilize their tools, nail salons are just as bad as public showers and pools.

If the tools the manicurist uses on your feet are the same tools that they used on someone with a toenail fungus, this spreads it around easily.

Try a home pedicure instead or bring your own tools for them to use.

5. Athlete’s Foot

People often think athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are the same things, but they’re not. However, one can often lead to the other. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin that often happens in the toes and causes itching and burning.

If you don’t treat your athlete’s foot, it can spread to your toenails as well.

Causes of Toenail Fungus

These are just some of the causes of toenail fungus. You also leave yourself more susceptible to them if you get fake nails or if your body has a naturally weakened immune system. They are spreadable and they can affect anyone, and if left untreated they can become severe.

For information on how to treat this fungus and take better care of your feet, visit us today.

5 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

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5 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

Each year, 65 percent of people who identify as runners, whether they are passionate marathoners or casual, occasional joggers, sustain an injury.

And while an injury can be painful and discouraging in the moment, the biggest problem with getting hurt running is often the risk that an injury will become recurring. In fact, more than 50 percent of running injuries are recurring.

While you may not be able to prevent every injury, there are many things you can do to cut down your risk of experiencing some of the most common ones. Keep reading for 5 tips to prevent running injuries.

1. Build Flexibility

If you played sports as a kid, you likely remember having a couch or captain walk you through a stretch routine before every game or practice. If you let go of this habit as you got older, it’s time to bring it back.

Stretching on a regular basis helps you to increase and maintain flexibility.

Right before a run, it helps warm up your muscles and prep them for the activity. But stretching other times throughout the day can help keep your body flexible and better prepared for your workout.

2. Strength Train

Keeping your muscles loose and stretched is far from the only way to prevent running injuries. Strengthening those muscles is another great way.

Strength training and cross training helps you to build muscle mass. While running might help you build muscle in your legs, strength train helps you build muscle throughout your body.

Strengthening the other muscles in your body is great for running injury prevention because it helps your other muscles better support your body during a run.

3. Fuel Properly

Without the right fuel, your body can’t perform. Healthy, protein-rich foods will give your body the energy it needs to get through your run, recover properly, and prepare for your next workout.

Hydration is also an important step for preventing common running injuries. Dehydration and heat exhaustion can put your body in danger and can cause lasting damage if not properly treated.

4. Add in a Warm Up and a Cool Down

Just as stretching before a run can get your muscles ready, a warm up and cool down also helps your body prepare for the workout, and can help cut down on muscle cramps and spasms.

The length and intensity of your warm up and cool down should correspond to the distance and speed that you plan to run. If you’re going for a short run, a short warm up might be enough. But if you’ll be running several miles or further, a more intense, longer warm up will better prepare you for your actual run.

5. Choose the Right Shoes

You wouldn’t arrive at a baseball game without your mitt or a football game without pads. In the same way, you need the right shoes for your run, or else your workout just won’t be the same.

While many shoes might look and feel right for running, having the correct pair for your feet, the type of terrain you’re running on, and the speed and distance you plan to run, is essential for preventing injury.

Prevent Running Injuries Today

Another important tip for how to prevent running injuries is to properly care for any injuries that you do have, so that won’t become recurring ones.

If you’re experiencing any common foot problems as a result of your running, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and let’s help you regain fitness and good health.

3 Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis

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3 Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can have a large impact on your daily life. It can become hard to work or do the things that you seriously enjoy.

Here are three remedies for plantar fasciitis that can ease your pain, and get you back moving again.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a pain in adults that occurs in the heel of the foot. It is caused by the inflammation of the fascia tissues of the heel.

It can be triggered by the overuse of the feet during exercise or working in any way that stresses your feet.

It typically occurs in either the dominant heel or both at the same time.

Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis

There are many who prefer natural remedies for the issues rather than the extremes such as surgeries, or steroid injections.

Natural remedies can at least hold back the issue and ease inflammation.

Ice Packs and Ibuprofen

Ice packs and ibuprofen can help cut down on some of the inflammation caused by Plantar Fasciitis.

Use this treatment often to get rid of swelling and it should at least provide some temporary relief, however, it isn’t permanent. Some find this is a better option than surgery however because it’s a recurring injury.

Treating Plantar Fascitis like a sports injury, with ice, however, can provide some relief to get you through your day.

Shoe Inserts or Tape

Securing your feet with medical tape, or using inserts can give your feet the support that normal shoe soles can not.

Wrapping your feet in tape can provide arch support and help them recover. These two remedies, again are quick fixes. They can get you through your work day but they aren’t permanent cures.

You can pick them up at any drug or department store and when you aren’t trying to be active, there is also no better cure than rest.

Physical Therapy

If medication, ice, and rest don’t help you, your doctor might recommend physical therapy for a more permanent solution.

You will be taught exercises that will strengthen your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and your lower leg muscles.

Your therapist might also decide to use massages, contrast baths, or ultrasonography to help with your long-term healing process.

If you don’t show progress after a certain number of months though, your doctor may suggest a more involved method such as the surgeries or injections.

Get Back On Your Feet

Plantar Fasciitis affects about 10 percent of the adult population and is common in those who are on their feet a lot.

If left untreated this can cause you severe heel pain that can leave you out of work, and keep you from doing things you enjoy such as hiking.

Look into these natural remedies today, and ask your doctor about your plantar fasciitis.

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How to Choose the Right Diabetic Footwear

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Did you know that around 25% of all diabetes-related visits to the hospital are due to foot problems?

It’s because high blood sugar levels can cause damage to the feet’s fine blood vessels. With decreased blood flow to the feet, a number of deformities could happen. These include calluses, hammertoes, claw toes, and foot ulcers.

The good news is, even with all the medical issues associated with diabetes, foot care is one area of self-management where putting in effort and vigilance pays off. Here, we’ll talk about the importance of choosing the right diabetic footwear as an essential component of diabetic foot care.

Diabetic Footwear for Injury Prevention

Choosing the right footwear isn’t optional, especially if you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy. You don’t want to risk even the tiniest blister because that could lead to an infection. And an infection might lead to gangrene, which could lead to an amputation.

Even on the beach, you don’t want to go walking around in flip-flops, or worse, going barefoot. You need to think of diabetic footwear as your first line of defense against injury.

The Best Diabetic Shoes: What to Look for

Lightweight and breathable. Those are the first two things you want in diabetic shoes. You want to make sure the construction allows your feet to breathe.

Your best bet is those with designs that allow room for custom insoles. You also want to stay away from footwear that has interior seams to prevent friction injuries.

Other things to look for include a spacious toe box and velcro or elastic. The last two will help you adjust the fit easily and prevent your shoes from moving around and slipping.

Tips for Choosing the Right Diabetic Shoes

The right shoes don’t have to be custom-made. You can buy them off the shelf if you don’t have bunions, hammertoes, or any other foot deformity that would prevent you from using regular shoes.

If you do, then you need special inserts or customized shoes. High-heels are definitely a no-no, as are slip-on loafers and sandals with straps between the toes. Loafers don’t offer a lot of support, while sandals with straps can rub against your feet.

Whatever footwear your doctor recommends, off-the-shelf or specially-made therapeutic shoes, make sure the fit is good. Remember to bring the type of socks or stockings you usually wear, as well as any orthotics you’re using when you go shoe-shopping.

When to Replace Your Diabetic Shoes

It’s a good idea to replace your shoes every two years. Of course, if you use your pair every day, you might have to replace them sooner.

Also if you’re seeing signs such as collapsed heels, worn down heels, and torn inner lining, you don’t need to wait. You can replace your pair as soon as possible.

Ready to Buy Diabetic Footwear?

Great! But if you have other questions, it’s best to ask a podiatrist in your area. Not only can he or she help you find the right pairs to wear, they can also give you self-management tips to prevent foot problems.

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