Why Should I Wear Diabetic Shoes?
Diabetic shoes are carefully designed to reduce the possibility of a skin breakdown in diabetics with peripheral neuropathy. High blood sugar levels over time can damage nerves to the point where they can no longer communicate with the brain. As a result, you may not feel pain in your feet even after you develop a sore or a cut. When you are diabetic, sores and cuts on the feet can easily become infected. That’s why diabetics are advised to wear special shoes with a proper fit to protect the feet against the possibility of an ulcer.
What Are The Benefits Of Diabetic Shoes?
Ulcers on the bottoms of the feet can develop within a few hours. Diabetic shoes reduce the possibility of ulcers, sores, cuts and calluses. Another benefit of diabetic shoes is that peripheral neuropathy can change the shape of your feet, thereby limiting the types of shoes that you can comfortably wear. People with diabetes can also develop hammertoe, a condition that causes the toe joints to bend inward. Diabetic shoes are designed to overcome these problems, but they must be prescribed by your doctor and fit by a podiatrist, orthotist or pedorthist. Diabetic shoes must conform to strict guidelines and include a removable orthotic.
What Are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics include arch supports, shoe inserts, lifts, heels, wedges and shoe fillers. An orthosis is “an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system.” A proper fit and custom inserts help those with diabetic neuropathy to enjoy greater mobility while reducing the possibility of foot ulcers and foot injuries. Diabetic shoes include in-depth shoes, shoes with external modifications, shoes with inserts and custom shoes that are made to order for a patient’s feet.
At CollegeCare Pharmacy and Medical Supply, we have a large selection of diabetic shoes that are specially designed to prevent foot ulcers while offering a high degree of safety and comfort. Simply bring your prescription from your medical doctor and a member of our staff will happily help you find the right shoe to fit your lifestyle.