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How to Choose the Best Diabetic Shoes and Socks

June 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 243

If you're diabetic, you're at risk for developing diabetic foot. Uncontrolled blood sugar over time can lead to neuropathy and damage your feet. Your feet will have little or no sensation and because of this you can easily injure them. If you're already experiencing neuropathy the more you should take good care of your feet so that further complications won't set in such as injury, infections and amputations.

One important everyday ritual to prevent injury and complications is to inspect every area of your foot. Inspect the top, the soles, the sides, heels and especially in between the toes. If you can't reach your feet ask someone to do it for you.

Now, since your feet are special you should wear diabetic shoes to protect your feet from further harm and injury. If you're shy to wear diabetic shoes thinking that they're too bulky or ugly, there are trendy and elegant diabetic shoes that don't give away its definition as diabetic. In fact, no one will know you're wearing diabetic shoes.

Choosing Shoes

How do you choose the ideal pair of shoes for a diabetic like you? Here are tips on how to look for one:

1. Choose comfortable shoes that fit you well. Look for shoes that have plenty of room where you can wiggle your toes. Don't buy shoes that are tight fitting. If your feet are already damaged from neuropathy you won't sense pressure from tight shoes and can cause more damage.

2. If you're wearing orthotics, there are diabetic shoes that have added depth. The added depth can accommodate your prescribed orthotics

3. Choose shoes made from canvas, leather or suede. Don't wear shoes made of plastic or other materials that don't breathe.

4. Choose diabetic shoes that are waterproof so that your feet won't get wet in a downpour.

5. Choose shoes that can control odor.

6. Choose diabetic shoes that have tempered steel shank and firm heel for support.

7. Choose closed shoes not thong sandals, flip flops, or sandals. Closed shoes or boots can protect your feet from sharp objects that can cut, scratch or injure your feet without you knowing it and can be a source of infection.

8. There shoes that can be easily closed and be adjusted such a shoes with Velcro straps, laces or buckles. These shoes allow for adjustment in case your feet have become swollen.

9. Choose additionally padded bottoms for added comfort.

10. It's definitely difficult and dangerous to wear shoes with pointed toes. Your toes will get cramped and limit blood supply to your toes setting the stage for ischemia.

11. Don't wear high heels.

12. Choose shoes that are slip resistant, oil- resistant with non-marking rubber outsole. You wouldn't like to slip on them would you?

13. Choose shoes with moldable foot bed that can minimize friction and cushion impact

Choosing Socks

Choosing your socks are also very important. They provide an extra layer between your shoes and feet, absorb moisture and reduce friction between your feet and your shoes.

1. Choose socks that are loose to promote circulation. Socks and panty hose that are binding restrict blood supply to the legs and feet.

2. Choose socks that are seamless, the seams can cause pressure points.

3. Choose natural fiber socks made from cotton, wool, a cotton-wool blend, or even bamboo to let your feet breath.

4. If you have edema or your feet easily get tired or ache choose over the calf socks with gradient support with mild compression

5. If your feet and ankles have a tendency to swell choose stretch socks but are non-binding

6. Chose socks that inhibit the growth of fungi and other odor-causing bacteria

7. Choose socks that wick away moisture from foot.

8. There are specially designed socks that use holofiber technology to increase oxygen levels to the skin. It can aid in healing and tissue recovery, regulate temperature and increase blood flow.

9. Choose socks that are soft and has antimicrobial properties and latex free.

10. If your shoes have a tendency to slip there are socks that have engraved ridges at the bottom to make the soles less slippery. However, don't wear them regularly as they may cause pressure ulcers.

11. A diabetic bamboo socks made from the natural fibers of bamboo is an ideal diabetic sock. They're super soft; don't harbor odor; and moisture wicking making your feet dry. You can wear them every day. They also regulate temperature, which makes your feet warm in winter and cool in summer. Cushioning in areas of the soles provides comfort with arch support to fight fatigue and prevent slippage.

Remember, a diabetic's feet are precious. These tips on choosing the beast diabetic shoes and socks can help your prevent diabetic foot complications. However, the best way to prevent diabetic foot and its complications is to continue your diabetic medications, visiting your health care provider regularly, sticking to your diet and exercise and manage your weight.

A B Stephens is a chemical engineer by profession. Her passion to help diabetics stems from the fact that members of her family and her husband's family are diabetics. They launched in 2007 - a one-stop shop for people who have diabetes - a lifestyle store complete with whatever a diabetic would need to live his/her life to the fullest! A diabetic should always take good care of his/her feet to prevent complications of diabetic foot. A diabetic should choose footwear and socks carefully to protect his /her feet. Here are diabetic shoes and boots plus socks that can help you care for your feet. They are therapeutic but trendy, comfortable and elegant. They are made just for you!

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