The CDC recommends a good homecare regimen for diabetics, which includes wearing the right socks and shoes. The right shoes are diabetic shoes.
Why would the CDC recommend diabetic shoes?
Relieving Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is more common in diabetics.
The condition occurs when painful inflammation develops in the plantar fascia, a fibrous band of tissue supporting the arch at the bottom of your foot.
A good diabetic shoe features an orthotic insole which supports your foot arch in an anatomical posture. This keeps your plantar fascia from overstretching and being overloaded, the contributing factors that cause painful inflammation.
Managing Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy occurs in 60% to 70% of diabetics.
According to the National Institute of Health, this form of nerve damage to your feet can:
- make injuries take longer to heal due to restricted blood flow
- make you lose sensation so you can’t easily detect injuries, which go untreated
- lead to infection on the unnoticed and untreated injuries
Therefore, well-cushioned diabetic shoes will prevent injuries in the first place, so you don’t end up with nasty and costly infections. In fact, you should never go barefoot even indoors, to avoid injury. And always check your shoes before wearing, for any pebbles or harmful objects.
Preventing Blisters, Corns and Calluses
Considering the importance of avoiding injuries which lead to infection, even the simplest of injuries must be avoided. These include blisters, corns and calluses.
Shoes that don’t fit can cause blisters. Hence, shoes for diabetic people are always roomy inside and well cushioned to avoid such a scenario.
Also, corns and calluses occur due to too much rubbing or pressure on one spot. Therefore, proper shoes for diabetics according to Thenaturalremediesfordiabetes.com are designed with interior foam padding to cancel out all pressure points.
Although shoes for diabetics offer great benefits, you must first get used to wearing them. This means wearing them for about an hour a day initially, before you feel completely comfortable.