Improper footwear can cause grave problems for people with diabetes. A recent survey supported by the Canadian Diabetes Association revealed that 7 out of 10 Canadians diagnosed with diabetes do not perform foot self-exams. It also showed that only 4 out of 10 reported having a health care professional examine their feet in a year’s time.
For those with this condition, shoes that don’t fit are a danger. Shoes that are too small place excess pressure on areas of the foot that then become more susceptible to an ulcer. A tight shoe may also impact already decreased circulation which is detrimental to the healing process when a problem does occur. At the other end of the spectrum, oversized shoes can cause blisters and skin irritation.
So, how do you find the right shoe? In general, keep these things in mind when shopping. Look for a wide and high toe box, so that your toes are less likely to rub against the top of your shoe. The feet are larger in the afternoon than they are in the morning, so shop later in the day. Have both feet measured, since one foot is most likely larger than the other. Also, consider footwear made with a closure that is adjustable, like a hook and loop system. This will allow you to adjust the fit of your shoe.of diabetes—neuropathy. Loss of sensation in the feet makes it very difficult to determine how a shoe fits and “feels” on the foot.
Also, look for shoes that will protect your feet. Those with insoles that you can remove will also help you find the right fit. Custom orthotics or prescription shoes may be recommended when you visit our office.
When was the last time you had your feet examined? Don’t miss the opportunity to keep your feet healthy! Chiropodist Tony Abbott understands the importance of diabetic foot care and properly fitting shoes. Call for an appointment today at Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic. You can reach us by phone at (705) 444-9929, or on our website.