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Is it better to wear shoes or sandals if I have diabetes?

Is it better to wear shoes or sandals if I have diabetes?

Shoes: For people with diabetes, their feet need all the protection they can get! shoes that fully cover the tops of the feet help protect against injuries from bumping into things or dropping things on them. Since people with diabetes have trouble healing from these minor injuries and are more likely to get infections, wearing shoes and preventing injury may help prevent amputations. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Where to get comfort shoe/sandals for old women (age 45-50) with diabetes.?

Where to get comfort shoe/sandals for old women (age 45-50) with diabetes.?

A foot doctor: Is a good place to go. Certain insurance companies will actually cover this. Sandals are often not recommended in diabetics as a side note. ...Read more

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How is it that those with diabetes should wear shoes all the time?

To protect the feet.: Shoes will help reduce the risk of stepping on something that may penetrate through the bottom of the foot. They do not need to wear them "all the time". Inside the home comfortable slippers or sandals are fine. ...Read more

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Now that I have diabetes, do I need to change the shoes I wear?

Now that I have diabetes, do I need to change the shoes I wear?

Maybe: We recommend an extra depth shoe. These have extra toe room and can accept a custom or over the counter support if needed. Examine you feet daily to look for concerns. Lotion daily with a good lotion to keep the skin more hydrated and supple. This can help avoid problems. Avoid barefoot. Keep your blood sugars in good control. Dr l. ...Read more

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Diabetes: what should I do to care for my feet. Will foot massage machines or hot water soaks help? Should i wear special shoes? Do tens machines help

Diabetes: what should I do to care for my feet. Will foot massage machines or hot water soaks help? Should i wear special shoes? Do tens machines help

Do tens machines: Help what? You haven't listed a foot problem other than the fact you are diabetic. You need to be cautious with soaking with a diabetic as the fear is you can burn yourself if inability to stand is the. Special shoes are not necessary if your feet are normal in appearance. Many podiatrist have "diabetic shoes" which are extra depth inlay to avoid anatomical regions rubbing the shoe from friction. ...Read more

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I started to wear orthotics for sneakers. I want to wear sandals too, where should I buy shoes?

I started to wear orthotics for sneakers. I want to wear sandals too, where should I buy shoes?

NAOT: More and more brands make their sandals with "built-in" arches naot is one of the higher end brands that makes them with removable arch supports. ...Read more

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Now it's getting warm I like to wear sandals or ballerina type shoes but my feet always sweat and I end up sliding about also my feet end up smelling?

Now it's getting warm I like to wear sandals or ballerina type shoes but my feet always sweat and I end up sliding about also my feet end up smelling?

Keep your feet dry: The moisture inside of your shoes is promoting the growth of fungus and bacteria which causes your foot odor. Try to keep your feet and shoes dry. Consider using a foot powder to absorb excess moisture. You can also try applying an over-the-counter topical antiperspirant to your feet. If your feet are still sliding about, your shoes may not be the proper size. Have your feet measured. ...Read more