How can special shoes help people with diabetes?

DiabetesOne of the most common ailments diabetics suffer from is foot burning. This is because diabetes can damage your nerve endings, causing something called peripheral neuropathy. When neuropathy impacts your feet, you lose sensation. By wearing the wrong-sized shoe, or a shoe that does not fit your foot properly, you risk damaging your foot without knowing it. This can lead to serious infection, ulcers, or even fractures that could deform your foot.

Perhaps the best thing you can do for your foot is to wear special shoes made for people with diabetes. Podiatrists at Podiatry Associates can help you find these special shoes and fit them properly.

A few things to look for in new shoes include:

  • Breathable fabric. Your shoes must be able to breathe. Without breathable fabric, you risk bacteria growing inside your shoe. If you have an open cut or a wound on your foot, you could develop an infection.
  • No seams. Seams can cause friction and rub against your toes and the sides of your feet. If you have numbness in your feet, you may not be able to feel this happening, which could cause your feet to develop ulcers or infection.
  • Fashionable. Let’s be honest, if you don’t love the way your shoes make you look you won’t be as likely to wear them as often as you should. Look for fashionable shoes that you can be proud of wearing but that still support your feet.

At Podiatry Associates, we have great looking shoes and orthotics that give you the support your feet need while making your feet look great! No one has to know that you’re wearing supportive shoes. Contact us today at 303-805-5156 to look for a pair of special diabetic shoes at our Castle Pines, Cherry Creek or Parker, CO locations and give your feet the care and support they need.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC