Many people with diabetes don’t realize the true danger their feet can face. Ulcers can develop in hours and result in everything ranging from calluses, burning, and numbness to amputation.
Specially designed shoes for diabetics make sense, and here’s why:
If you’re diabetic and you wear regular shoes, that dramatically increases your risk of developing an ulcer. Typical shoes cause your toes to rub against one another, which leads to hot spots and blisters.
For diabetics, these do not heal as fast. In addition, depending on how far along your diabetes is, you may also lose feeling in your feet. That makes it take even longer for you to notice when something’s not right. Wait too long, and a simple blister causes serious pain, and even far worse.
Shoes for diabetics have higher and wider toe boxes so your toes don’t rub against each other and have room to wiggle around. This greatly reduces the chances of something simple turning into a major personal catastrophe.
As you know, your diabetes often leads to your feet and legs feeling fatigued. Shoes for diabetics more evenly distribute your weight. Comfortable custom inserts absorb pressure from your body.
This reduces tension you typically feel and minimizes fatigue so your legs feel fresh and ready more frequently.
Because of their construction specifically for diabetics, diabetic shoes reduce pain you feel in your feet and legs. Soft material eases the pressure put on your feet when they swell. Their stretchable design fits the various contours of your feet so you don’t feel tightness anywhere.
Support for your arch with custom insoles reduces pressure to the bottom of your foot, which relieves pain throughout your entire foot.
You might remember the big, boxy, black, and ugly diabetic shoes of the past. That’s not your only choice anymore. You don’t have to feel like everyone’s looking at you when you wear diabetic shoes these days.
You can now get diabetic shoes that look just as good as any other style of shoe. No one would even notice the difference.
If you have diabetes, custom shoes designed specifically for your feet certainly make good sense. And your podiatrist can help you make the perfect selection for your feet.
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