Diabetes shoes are more than a fashion statement for those who suffer from diabetes. Proper foot care is extremely essential, since diabetics probably cause serious foot disorders.
Too much glucose in the blood can damage many parts of the body: the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, kidneys and foot.
Often I found people asking list of questions to find out remedies to their Diabetics that leads to serious foot problems. So here I’m short listing 5 common questions which you would seek answers if you want to cure your diabetic feet.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Any damage to the blood vessels in your feet will lead to lack of blood supply to the feet, numbness in feet, and loss of feeling in your feet. Most of the cases people with diabetes feel hard to tell if they have a blister or sores because of loss of sense in feet. If sores aren’t taken care in the beginning stage, they then turn out into ulcers and in very worse case these infected ulcers would lead to foot amputation.
Why should I purchase diabetes shoes?
Many studies and researches say that the well fitted diabetic shoes (with doctor recommendation) with moldable insoles reduce the development of ulcers. Safety factor is very important to the foot since they are prone to injuries easily.
It is the fact that when you get any wound or damage in your feet, it would take more time than normal. Wearing diabetes shoes would protect your feet as well as safeguard you from any injuries.
What are the common diabetes foot problems?
Any foot problems can become severe if your blood glucose rises high. Though blisters and cracks are common foot disorders they tend to turn as infection. You need to take care of common diabetes foot problems like corns and calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, bunions, plantar warts, hammertoes, dry and cracked skin, and athlete’s foot.
How to prevent my feet from problems?
Apart from keeping your blood sugar to normal and following doctor’s advice, there are some other important ways to protect your feet.
- Maintain your diet and continue medicines prescribed. Do exercise regularly if any.
Dust off and Wash your feet with lukewarm water & mild soap.
- Always keep your feet dry, particularly between toes,wipe with a soft towel or cotton cloth.
- Keeping your feet smooth is essential. Apply a cream or lanolin lotion all over the feet and especially on the heels. Consult doctor if you find any cracks on your skin.
- Dust nonmedicated powder before putting on shoes. Socks or stockings are always advisable.
- Though filling corns and calluses with an emery board or pumice stone give good results, consulting with doctor is always advisable to treat corns and calluses.
- Check your feet every day. Get some assistance or use mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Swelling, numbness, tingling, sign of redness and severe long lasting pain in any of the foot should be immediately taken care and require doctor consultation.
- Avoid being barefoot. Whenever you go out for a walk or for any activity, wear comfortable footwear.
- Before trimming your toenails, soak your feet in warm water so that your toenails get soften and smooth to cut across.
- While wearing your shoes, check for any sharp edge or hurting objects in the insides of your shoes because those objects may injure your feet.
Do I need to wear my diabetic shoes all the time?
As I said already, diabetic shoes would help you from any unnecessary injuries to your foot. Wearing diabetic shoes is a must because anytime pressure is put on your foot.