While choosing the right footwear is important in general, for those with diabetes and related complications like peripheral neuropathy it is essential to have properly fitted shoes with the appropriate orthotic inserts. Since peripheral neuropathy causes a loss of sensation in the feet, the resultant inability to feel cold, dampness, cuts, punctures, or other injuries, can lead to serious complications including possible amputation. Damaged nerves also contribute to a reduced flow of blood to the extremities which can complicate infections and slow the healing process.
Wearing specially designed or custom made shoes can help prevent many of these complications and provide additional comfort and balance. These shoes have extra support and cushioning, plus a wide toe box that helps prevent rubbing on hammertoes and bunions. They are also made of flexible, breathable materials and have plenty of room for custom orthotics and balance braces. They also provide a thicker sole for improved shock absorption.
For patients with neuropathy, being proactive about foot care can help you avoid the serious complications that often plague diabetes sufferers. So having a good pair of specially made shoes can make a huge difference in your comfort level, and are an important part of any diabetic foot care regimen.
If you need assistance with choosing shoes and orthotics to help with your diabetic foot issues, Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.