When one is diabetic one must know how to take care of one’s feet, and do it on a daily basis.
Indeed, the feet are the starting point of problems that can be very serious. They can also cause a significant decrease in the quality of life. That’s why diabetic shoes are extremely important.
Your choice of shoes and socks must be intelligently done
First, when you have diabetes, you have chronic hyperglycemia. This pathology damages the blood vessels and nerves. A diabetic is therefore more susceptible to injuries (cuts, heating, infections …) in the lower limbs.
Other conditions represent a potential additional risk for the person with diabetes:
Arteriopathy, which decreases the blood vessels and therefore the supply of oxygen in different parts of the body. The blood circulates less well which can cause pain and swelling.
Neuropathy damages the nerves of the feet and hands. It causes tingling, pain and a great loss of sensitivity that can cause injuries and infections.
The deformation of the feet may appear following one of the two pathologies mentioned above.
That’s why it’s so important to choose your shoes.
Take care of your feet when you are diabetic
In a diabetic person, the slightest injury that usually seems trivial and not serious, is in fact a great risk of infection. Your feet must be maintained with care and rigor.
You must, at first, examine them every day scrupulously, moisturize them, wash them and dry them carefully. Also, you must NEVER walk barefoot and it is imperative to consult a doctor (or chiropodist) for any sign of bulb, callus, corns, etc. Caring for your feet also means making the right choice of socks and shoes. They must be in line with your needs.
WELL CHOOSE SHOES FOR DIABETICS
The choice of shoes goes first through the choice of socks. Indeed, if your shoes are adapted to your problems but not you’re socks, your risk of injury and / or infections is the same.
You must favor cotton socks and not too tight. In fact, too tight socks that compress the foot and / or the calf can hinder the circulation of your blood. It is imperative that you change them every day.
In addition, the choice of shoes will impact your days. Badly worn, you incur big risks that can harm your health.
Our tips for choosing your shoes:
- To have several pairs: It is better that you can regularly alternate the shoes you wear.
- Try them at the end of the day: We always have more swollen feet at the end of the day. This is the perfect time to try shoes and be sure they will not be too tight.
- The shoe chosen must be light, flexible and preferably leather to give the opportunity to breathe his foot.
- It must also be sturdy, comfortable and supportive.
- The shoe must have the least seams and folds possible to avoid any undesirable friction.
- Wear your new shoes all day to see if they suit you and avoid unpleasant surprises. You must therefore monitor any visible lesions, such as redness.
Having healthy feet is essential for diabetics. If you have too high blood glucose, you will experience fragility and insensitivity of the extremities, as well as poor healing. So, the solution is to avoid the risk of injury, friction, infection, etc.
Importance of diabetic shoes and its advantages.
It must first have a plantar arch combined with a layer of foam (air cushion effect) that absorbs shocks. Then, its sole must be thick, non-slip and flexible with the least possible seams.
The sensitive areas are padded to avoid pressure and friction.