It’s no secret that diabetics have an increased risk of developing foot problems. These problems can range from mild to major problems, especially if an ulcer or infection should pop up. These infections, if not treated quickly and properly, can and often do lead to amputation. Our Seattle podiatrists at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington know that by getting in front of these issues, drastic action like amputation can frequently be avoided.
A major reason diabetics may not recognize foot problems that can escalate without their knowledge is the inability to realize they are suffering from foot pain due to diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic shoes are specialized, prescription footwear that is custom fit to the patients’ needs and equipped with removable orthotics. These shoes are a key component in preventative medicine to address the risks of diabetic neuropathy.
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The main issue for diabetics comes down to circulation: diabetes patients simply do not have the same quality of circulation in their extremities, which causes numerous other problems. This lack of circulation can mean that even seemingly inconsequential ailments like athlete’s foot or calluses can cause serious problems. Wearing shoes that fit well, and have a larger toe box to allow for wiggle room, helps to alleviate many of these concerns.
Our dedicated Seattle podiatrists have had years of experience in helping patients deal with the foot health concerns that their diabetes presents. Together, we can ensure that pain, discomfort, and poor health are kept at bay.
If you are diabetic and require shoes tailored to your needs,
call our team today at (425) 678-3877!