The Diabetic Foot
People with diabetes should pay careful attention to their feet as there are many complications associated with diabetes which can affect them adversely.
One in four Americans suffering from diabetes will develop foot problems related to the disease. Diabetic foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation and neuropathy. Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold easily, resulting in the development of minor cuts, scrapes, blisters or pressure sores. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications can result and lead to ulceration or even amputation.
Footwear and orthotics play a crucial role in diabetic footcare. Diabetic footwear should offer a wide toe box leaving plenty of room in the toe area and removable insoles to insert orthotics. Rocker soles can also reduce pressure in the areas of the foot most susceptible to excessive pressure.
If you have diabetes and are experiencing a foot problem, please consult your doctor immediately if you have not already done so. Qualifying diabetics may be eligible for shoe and insert coverage under their health insurance plan if your physician deems that you are in need of therapeutic shoes to prevent complications with your feet. When the Shoe Fits can work with your doctor and help you find shoes that fit properly, offer good support and protect your feet.