Proper Footwear for Diabetics

For patients living with diabetes, the importance of taking care of your feet cannot be overstated. This unfortunate condition can severely hinder the health of your feet. In extreme cases, it can even lead to amputations. One way to help stop this from happening is by always wearing proper footwear. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, our team can help with this situation. Dr. Hochstein, our expert podiatrist, will inform you of the types of shoes that need to be worn, while also helping you to monitor your foot health.

How Diabetes Affects The Feet  

To fully understand why wearing the right footwear is crucial, patients must first know how badly diabetes can affect your feet. When you have too much sugar in your bloodstream, there are various adverse effects it can have. Below are just a few examples of the issues your feet may face:

  • Permanent nerve damage.
  • Loss of feeling in the feet.
  • Increased pain or tingling sensations around the feet.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Cuts and sores that don’t heal and become infected.   

Why Footwear Is Important

One of the best and most effective ways to protect your feet when you have diabetes is to wear the right kind of footwear. When you have diabetes, everyday activities such as walking or jogging can lead to severe problems. The skin, joints, and bones of the feet aren’t as prepared to handle life’s rigors as ones not affected by diabetes. Choosing the right footwear is so important because it can do the following:

  • Stabilize the foot.
  • Limit the motions that can cause issues.
  • Offer better support.
  • Prevent wear and tear.
  • Eliminate swelling.
  • Fight off friction that can cause ulcers, wounds, infections, and deformities.    

Contact Our Team

When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you shouldn’t wait to find a team of podiatrists you can trust. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, we are well versed in handling foot issues surrounding the diagnosis. Dr. Hochstein will help constantly monitor your feet for problems. He can also help you pick the footwear needed to keep this area protected. To learn more about the importance of proper footwear for diabetes patients, be sure to contact us today.