Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care Podiatrists can prescribe Diabetic Shoes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to take special care of your feet.
Conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, caused by high blood sugar and diabetes, can lead to nerve damage that impairs feeling in the lower leg and feet. That can make you unaware of certain foot problems such as cuts and blisters, corns and calluses, fungal infections, and ingrown toenails.
Diabetics are also at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), which decreases blood flow to the lower extremity and, in turn, causes pain and swelling in the calves and feet, ulcers or sores that refuse to heal, and, possibly, gangrene.
One way to protect your feet is by wearing shoes designed specifically for diabetic patients. In particular, footwear for people with diabetes should:
- Relieve areas of excessive pressure
- Reduce the amount of vertical pressure on the bottom of the foot and decrease horizontal movement of the foot within the shoe
- Accommodate, stabilize, and support foot deformities such as hammertoe, Charcot foot, or toe amputations
- Limit motion of the foot and toe joints
At Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care, our podiatrists can assess the impact your condition has on your feet and prescribe shoes that accommodate surgery or ulcer treatment, deformities associated with a diabetic foot, and custom-made orthotics.