There’s no doubt that women love shoes, but at what point do you replace fashion with comfort? When you have diabetes your feet are very important, which is why you have to choose comfort over fashion for your own health. Lucky for you, there are many comfortable options, whether it’s shoes, socks, or even moisturizers that help keep your feet healthy.
Need to Know: Medicine for Diabetes
Diabetic Shoes, Socks, and Moisturizers
One of the first things your doctor tells you when you have diabetes is to take care of your feet. Your feet are very important because even something insignificant like a cut or scrape can lead to something more serious if you don’t seek treatment immediately. Diabetic products might be a little expensive, but might be worth the cost:
Diabetic shoes: These are some of the most comfortable shoes you’ll find on the market. When you shop around for diabetic shoes, first try on a shoe that is made from a soft material or leather. Make sure it has plenty of room for you to wiggle your toes. It’s very important that your shoes allow for good circulation. Shoes with a low heel are better because that reduces the pressure applied to the ball of the foot. Look for a cushioned inner sole, this reduces the foot pressure and risk for developing ulcers, sores, and other complications. If you already have developing conditions, there are therapeutic shoes that your doctor can recommend or prescribe.
Diabetic socks: Ever feel that your socks are bothering you because at the end of a long day you have tight sock marks around your ankles? This is due to poor circulation or because you’re retaining water. Your socks can leave a ring around your ankles and that’s a big problem when you have diabetes. Diabetic socks are aimed to release the stress of this because they have non-elastic cuffs, no seams, and made of stretchy cotton that keep feet warm and dry. Keeping your feet warm is important for good circulation, which is important for your feet nerves.
Moisturizers: The American Diabetes Association recommends that after a warm shower you coat your feet with moisturizer. There are many moisturizers designed specifically for diabetics, that include aloe or Gluco-Glycerol to fight dryness. When you apply the moisturizer, avoid putting anything between your toes because this puts you at risk of a fungal infection. Smoking and drinking coffee can dry out your skin, so make sure to drink plenty of water. Never use moisturizers on open wounds because this may worsen them. Call your doctor immediately if you have pain, redness, swelling, sores, cracks, tingling or a burning feeling.