Everybody has experienced blistered heels and ankles from wearing shoes that don't fit well. For diabetics, the side effects are even worse. Having the wrong shoe can lead to infections, foot ulceration and even amputation. There are over 17.9 million diabetic patients in the U.S. alone. Chances are, you know someone who suffers from this disease.
So why does diabetes effect your feet? The biggest problem is nerve damage. This leads to loss of sensation in your feet. Because of this, many diabetics report stepping on glass, nails, and needles. Some have even broken their toes without realizing it. And without knowing that your feet are injured, these complications can lead to infections and even amputation in severe cases.
Diabetes also causes high blood sugar, which makes your blood vessels shrink. When blood doesn't reach your feet quickly, it takes extra time for your wounds to heals. So, if you have high blood sugar and nerve damage, you are more susceptible to foot injuries.
If you have diabetes, you can avoid this by checking your feet every day for these problems:
- Warm areas
- Ingrown toenails
- Anything else that seems abnormal
To avoid these injuries, your best solution is to invest in a pair of diabetic footwear. Diabetic shoes have a wide toe space for abnormalities like hammertoes and bunions. You can even get a custom made shoe molded to fit your actual foot, for severe deformities.
Many people believe that diabetic shoes aren't stylish (which in some cases, they really aren't). We want you to feel comfortable and confident while wearing them. That's why, at New Hope Prosthetic and Orthotics, we offer a variety of stylish options, custom made for work, exercise and relaxation. Come by our diabetic shoe stores and browse our options in one of our seven locations. If you know someone with diabetes, consider giving them this life-changing gift for Christmas!