There are many aspects of our lives that change the day we are officially diagnosed with diabetes. Among those many changing aspects of life, our relationship with our shoes is one of the most important parts of transitioning to a diabetic friendly lifestyle. Did you know that the month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month? During this time of year, it’s helpful to everyone - diabetic or not - to spread awareness. When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, their relationship with shoes can change entirely.
Cause nerve damage in the feet
Lead to swelling that goes unnoticed or unfelt
Trigger the development of gout
Put one at risk for foot ulcers
Increase the likelihood of infection
For these five reasons, it is especially important to develop a relationship with a reliable podiatrist once you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Poorly fitted shoes can lead to several issues - most prominently, tight shoes can restrict blood flow that causes swelling in the feet due to poor circulation. Chronic swelling can result in nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy, and difficulty healing from conditions like ulcers or gout.
Here are some things to keep in mind when adjusting your relationship with shoes after being diagnosed with diabetes:
Take the plunge - buy higher quality shoes meant for diabetic feet.
Be mindful of your socks - are they too tight? Can your skin breathe?
Compression sleeves - give your circulation a boost! You may even find what you need at Lighthouse Foot & Ankle Centers’ in-office foot store.
Get a podiatrist that’s not just good - but great! Dr. Michele Kurlanski is here to help.
If you keep these tips in mind when you’re faced with a diagnosis of diabetes, you’ll be well on your way to being prepared and ready to face any issues your feet and ankles may face. Call us today at (207) 774-0028 to pencil yourself in at our location in Scarborough, Maine.