Victoria Barron: Take care of your feet
April 19, 2011
Steamboat Springs — As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, we all look forward to shedding our clunky boots and buying the latest spring and summer footwear. But if you have diabetes, there are some important things to remember when purchasing footwear:
■ Choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes that have plenty of room in them. Never buy shoes that do not fit properly in hopes they will stretch with time. Neuropathy (nerve damage) may prevent you from being able to sense pressure from improperly fitting shoes. You may need a special shoe made to fit your foot.
■ Wear shoes made out of canvas, leather or suede. Do not wear shoes made out of plastic or other materials that do not breathe. Do not wear thong sandals.
■ Wear shoes you can easily adjust. They should have laces, velcro or buckles.
■ Do not wear shoes with pointed or open toes, such as high heels, flip-flops or sandals.
■ Don't forget about socks. They add an extra layer of protection between your shoe and foot.
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(Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)
If you're overweight, older than 45 or have a family history of diabetes, call Karla at 970-875-1880 to set up a screening.
Victoria Barron, RN, AE-C
Community health educator,
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association