People with diabetes have the inability to create or use insulin to produce energy from sugars, starches and other foods. Heightened levels of blood glucose affects many body systems and can cause issues such as lowered immune responses, decreased blood circulation, and nerve damage. Diabetics suffer from many types of foot and ankle problems, especially due to peripheral neuropathy, which causes loss of sensation in their extremities. Not being able to feel injuries like blisters and ulcers, in combination with lowered immune responses often result in infections, which can lead to serious complications or amputation. One of the most important ways to prevent these podiatric issues is through wearing the right shoes. There are many types of shoes, but it is important for diabetics to look for the following:
Feet need to be covered and protected to minimize chances of injury so avoid sandals, heels, and other shoes that expose the feet.
- To minimize friction and chances of creating blisters and ulcers, shoes should provide plenty of cushioning and support.
- The toe box should be wide and have plenty of space for the toes.
- Get shoes with the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval.
Custom orthotics and prescription shoes have been known to minimize chances of ulcers and infections so diabetics with nerve damage can greatly benefit from these options. A podiatrist creates an orthotic based on the unique contours of your foot, which not only provides extra cushioning where necessary, but also corrects any abnormal movements that may cause pressure or friction. If you are diabetic, it is essential to be seen regularly by a skilled and respected podiatrist. Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care has been treating patients in Southwest Houston to help with all kinds of podiatric issues, such as bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, and fungal nails. Board-certified and experienced, Dr. Maislos caters to each individual’s needs to help achieve stronger, healthier feet! To schedule an appointment or to find out about our services, please contact us or call our Houston office at (713) 541-3199 today!