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There are two common foot problems that face diabetic patients which are caused by the type of shoes they buy. These issues are poor blood circulation and the lack of sensation. They may sound simple, yes, but do not be mistaken as they have the potential to force you undergo a surgery and even worse to have your leg amputated. Therefore it is really important to have some knowledge on what kind of shoes are fit for you if you are diabetic. The following tips will help you shop wisely the next time you go shopping.
1. Shop later in the day - It is a known fact that legs tend to swell if you walk for a long distance and/or exposed to heat especially sunshine. Diabetic patients are hard hit by this problem. Therefore it is wise for you to go shopping later in the day when the heat has subsided so that when you fit a shoe it will be the right one for you. The problem of fitting a shoe when your leg is swollen, even a little bit is that you will be taking home with you an oversized shoe which is not good for your health especially if you are diabetic.
2. The type of material - The type of material used in making your shoe of choice is very important. Shoes are made from a variety of materials ranging from leather, suede to polyvinyl chloride just to mention a few. However not all of these materials are ideal for you. The best material for you is leather. This begs the question why leather? The are two answers to this question; first of all leather shoes allow good flow of air and hence enables the feet to “breathe” and secondly leather allows for elasticity, it can stretch unlike pvc and the other materials.
3. The type of orthotics - There are two types of inner soles; thin ones and thick ones. Thick inner soles are good for you if you are diabetic. This is for one basic reason; shock absorbent quality. Thick inner soles absorb shock better than their thin counterparts and this goes a long way to ensure that you are comfortable.
4. Choose laced shoes over loafers -Loafers are trendy and hustle free to wear. However, if you are diabetic these are not your kind of shoes; but why? Well simply because laced shoes fit better and provide better support when walking.
Your health is paramount and it should always rank first in your list of priorities. Please do not let your love for fashion overrule this. It should be your guiding principle.
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