Diabetic neuropathy is a condition that happens when a diabetic has chronically high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar eventually lead to nerve damage which causes numbness in the extremities. This usually affects the feet, creating numbness all throughout the feet. Diabetics need to take extra precaution with this condition, a simple blister can be detrimental to the foot. With proper footwear and a little extra care though, this condition doesn’t have to affect an active lifestyle. There are four main aspects to look for in a shoe that will keep you safe and comfortable. Seams, Width, Slip resistance or traction and finally all time protection are all important for any foot, but especially ones with neuropathy.
Things to look for in a shoe when you have Diabetic Neuropathy:
Little to no seams in footwear is incredibly important for diabetic feet. A simple seam can cause major issues. Because you can no longer feel your feet, a seam can begin to rub against your foot without you noticing. As well a tight hard seam can cause a pressure point and without feeling could leave bruising instead of just a slight pain. In severe cases this can lead to losing your foot! If you notice any cuts, it’s important to see a doctor to insure that they wont get infected or turn into ulcers. Less seams with a nice large toe box will give you comfort in knowing that your feet aren’t rubbing against harsh seams.
Invest in Slippers:
Protecting your feet doesn’t stop when you enter the household. Invest in slippers and be sure that your feet are always safe. Find wide slippers that are comfortable so that having footwear on wont be uncomfortable. If you have any swelling, wide openings and adjustability will help get your foot into the slipper. Easy touch fastenings can greatly improve the adjustability of the shoe, allowing the slipper to fit whether or not there is swelling from day to day.
Having a little more room will ensure that there are no pressure points on your feet. Because the feet are number, a person with this condition wont be able to feel their feet or if their feet are too tight. Often diabetics suffer from swelling in the feet as well. This is why wide or extra wide shoes will allow your feet to swell yet still be comfortable, making you able to always wear your shoes without pain.
Slip Resistant Soles:
If you have neuropathy of the feet, you may be feeling incredibly unsteady. Getting used to not feeling your feet can take some time. More so, not being able to feel your step can be difficult to get used to. Slip resistant soles and proper traction on the bottom of shoes will aid in propelling feet forward in every step. Diabetics are more prone to slips and falls because of the feeling of being unsteady.
Diabetic neuropathy can be helped and monitored so that you can remain active and healthy. With simple precautions in footwear as well as a healthy diet, life can go on!
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