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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 23, 2016
Category: Diabetes Care

Patients with diabetes are subject to a host of foot problems that can have serious medical consequences. Any sores or abrasions on the toes or feet can rapidly develop into ulcers or wounds that can be slow to heal and provide an entry point for bacteria. Infections in diabetic patients are difficult to get rid of and can spread to the bones creating a situation where amputation may become necessary.

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we have seen how shoe choice can greatly impact diabetic foot health. The proper shoes can help reduce the risk of injury and infection. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shoe shopping:

  1. Choose natural materials—shoes made from leather and other breathable materials are less likely to trap moisture which increases the risk of fungal and bacterial infections on skin and nails.

  2. Make sure toe boxes are roomy—when toes are squeezed together a number of problems arise. First, the friction from rubbing together may create blisters or calluses. Second, there is an increased risk for foot deformities such as bunions or Capsulitis where toes are dislocated and forced out of place and these will create pressure points that can be prone to irritation from footwear.

  3. Look to limit horizontal movement—shoes that hug your foot limit the possibility of the interior of the shoe rubbing against your skin. They also keep your foot firmly in place and reduce the risk of ankle sprains and tripping.

  4. Pick shock absorbing soles—cushioning on the bottom of the foot and good arch support will help keep feet properly positioned and avoid excess pressure on heels and other areas on the bottom of the foot.

It’s essential to contact our Washington office as soon as you notice any irritation to the foot. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will want to see you if you develop a callus, bump, blister or just notice redness or swelling anywhere on your toes or feet. Timely treatment is necessary to avoid ulcers and infections so call us at (724) 225-7410 at the first sign of a problem.