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Benefits of Diabetic Shoes

How custom shoes from your podiatrist in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois can help your feet

Diabetes affects over 29 million people in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association. If you are one of the many people suffering from diabetes, you may already know what it can do to your feet. Your podiatrist can help by providing specialized diabetic foot care, including diabetic shoes.

Dr. Warren S. Levy at Armitage Podiatry Center in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois offers comprehensive foot care services, including diabetic shoes, to help your feet.

Diabetes affects nearly all of your body’s major systems, including your immune, circulatory, and nervous systems. The changes from diabetes are especially pronounced in your extremities, including your feet and toes.

Diabetes causes impaired blood flow, loss of feeling, and impaired healing. These major impacts can cause you to have diabetic ulcers in your feet, you can injure your feet and not be aware of it, and you may lose toes because of lack of blood flow.

Diabetic shoes can help. They are often known as extra-depth shoes or therapeutic shoes. Diabetic shoes offer many benefits to you and your feet. Consider that diabetic shoes:

  • Are custom-fit to your individual feet
  • Have removable orthoses, including lifts, wedges, or heels
  • Provide comfortable wear for people with diabetic neuropathy
  • Protect your feet and toes from injury
  • Reduce skin breakdown by protecting your skin
  • Reduce the potential for tendon and ligament strain
  • Reduce the risk of amputations

Diabetic shoes can help you and your feet feel better. You can also help protect your feet by following a few simple tips. Remember to:

  • Wear thick socks that provide a lot of cushions
  • Don’t go barefoot to help prevent foot injuries
  • Wash and dry your feet daily, and apply moisturizer to keep your skin from drying out
  • Check your feet daily for small cuts or scrapes
  • Apply antibiotic cream to any open sores and bandage the area
  • Do foot, toe, and ankle exercises and stretches to increase circulation

Your feet, toes, and ankles require special care when you have diabetes, and diabetic shoes can help. To find out more about the benefits of diabetic shoes, talk with an expert, your podiatrist. Call Dr. Warren S. Levy of Armitage Podiatry Center in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois at (312) 266-6326. Call today, and protect your feet!

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