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Tips For Choosing Shoes When You Have Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you are going to want to make sure that you choose the right shoes to increase the chances that you are going to be able to be comfortable and reduce the chances that your feet are going to sustain further damage. Here are some tips for choosing the best type of shoe when you have diabetes.

1. Buy Lighter Colored Shoes

When you are shopping for shoes, you are going to need to avoid even looking at the shoes that come in navy blues and blacks. Instead, focus on the white shoes, the pink shoes, or the shoes that are embellished with day-glow orange. This is because dark colors tend to increase the overall amount of sun that is absorbed by a fabric. If you purchase dark colored shoes, then they are going to absorb more sunlight, making them much hotter than you would prefer. When feet are exposed to heat, they have the tendency to swell, which could cut off your foot's circulation inside the shoe. To avoid this potential problem, purchase lighter colored shoes and decrease the chances that your feet are going to swell.

2. Choose Comfortable Shoes

The easiest way to do this is to get shoes that are especially made for people with diabetes because you know that they will have enough room to allow your feet to expand without causing any circulation problems. To get prescription shoes, you just have to let your podiatrist know about your diabetes and that you are interested. He or she will write you a prescription and your insurance company will often cover all or some of the cost. However, many people want to avoid getting medical shoes because they don't like the way that they look.

If you are in the "medical shoes don't fit my aesthetic" camp, then you are going to want to purchase shoes that allow your feet the breath. Make sure that you can wiggle your feet from side to side and only ever touch one side of the shoe with your foot at a time. Also make sure that you can press down on the toes of your shoe and that you are not be able to feel your toes underneath your fingers, ensuring that there is room directly in front of your toes. By doing this, you will be able to get enough room in your shoes to be comfortable.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in diabetic foot care.