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Proper footwear is an important part of an overall treatment program for people with diabetes or foot deformities, even for those in the earliest stages of the disease. If there is any evidence of neuropathy, or lack of sensation, wearing the right footwear is crucial. By working with their physician and a footwear professional, such as a certified pedorthist, many patients can prevent serious diabetic foot complications.
The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that 82,000 lower limb amputations due to diabetes occur annualy (2003 figures). Experts agree that most would have been preventable with an appropriate foot care program including footwear that is properly fit to the patient.
Accommodate, stabilize and support deformities. Deformities resulting from conditions such as charcot involvement, loss of fatty tissue, hammer toes and amputations must be accommodated. Many deformities need to be stabilized to relieve pain and avoid further destruction. In addition, some deformities may need to be controlled or supported to decrease progression of the deformity shoes.
If you are in the early stages of diabetes, and have no history of foot problems or any loss of sensation, a properly fitting shoe made of soft materials with a shock absorbing sole may be all that you need. It is also important for patients to learn how to select the right type of shoe in the right size, so that future problems can be prevented. Teh excessive pressure and friction from the wrong kid of shoes or from poorly fitting shoes can lead to blisters, calluses and ulcers, not only in the insensitive foot, but also in feet with no evidence of neuropathy. It is highly recommended that shoe fitting for patients with any loss of sensation be done by a professionally trained Board Certified Pedorthist. People with insensitive feet tend t to purchase a shoe that is too tight' the size that "feels" right is often too small.
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Here are some tips on selecting your diabetic shoe:
  • Your diabetic shoe should have a high and wide toe box to prevent chafing and pinching that can harm toes.
  • Your diabetic shoe should fit well. A diabetic shoe with adjustable closures-like Hook-and-Loop-often provide the best fit, since you can make the fit larger or smaller as needed.
  • Remember to do your shopping for a diabetic shoe in the afternoon. If you buy a diabetic shoe in the morning, and your feet sweel up-as most do- in the afternoon, then your diabetic show will feel too tight.
  • Your diabetic shoe should protect your feet
  • Diabetics are at a great risk of developing blisters, bleeding and lesions between toes, so your diabetic shoe should be extra protective.
  • A diabetic shoe that is "seamless" will also take into the fact that your feet are extra sensitive.
  • Your diabetic shoe should have conforming removable insoles to give you extra support. You want removable insoles in your diabetic shoe so you can take them in or out as needed if you want a particular fit.

 

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