The right shoe for diabetes

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The main task of shoes is to protect the foot, maintain the heat balance in the foot and sometimes help the foot movement. Based on this idea, there are shoes with different types that are used in various activities today. For example, a sneakers are designed for use in an activity where flexibility and mobility are abundant, while boots preferred in winter are designed to have thicker, warm feet and thicker soles. So, when there are so many kinds of shoes, how should you choose shoes in diabetes, what should be considered in the shoes to be preferred? Let’s examine them in titles:

Should not shape your foot

What should be known primarily in the shoes to be preferred: “The right shoe does not shape or shape the foot. The purpose of the correct shoe is to protect the foot.” Based on this logic, shoes that tighten, press and try to shape the foot should not be preferred in shoe selection.

Selection of shoes suitable for the activity

Shoes suitable for daily activity should be preferred. For example, the importance of thick and warm shoes in winter is very important for individuals with diabetes. Diabetes-related neuropathy can prevent the correct perception of heat and cold in the foot from time to time.

The fabric of your shoes is also important

Today, although most shoes are designed for aesthetics and use in both design and functionality, there are also shoes with poor material quality and even allergic reactions. Therefore, attention should be paid to the material quality in choosing shoes. Shoes that completely cover the foot and the inside of the shoes should be avoided, when possible, oxygenating and non-sweating materials should be preferred over the shoes.

Keep your shoes clean

Depending on the activity or usage, clean your shoes regularly. Be sure to check your shoes for tears, openings, and any foreign matter during each cleaning process. If the shoes remain dirty, it may cause the process to proceed fast in the feet with the risk of infection. Especially individuals with diabetic foot risk should be careful in this regard.

podologist Muhammet Korkmaz

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