Running Safely With Diabetes person's jogging shoes in Arizona

Maybe you’ve considered joining the Surprise Running Club but thought that with your diabetes, you wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone else. If you practice good diabetic foot care, though, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to run just as well as the rest.

Those with diabetes have more to worry about when it comes to foot care. Neuropathy can take a major toll on feet and their ability to feel pain. Because of this, it’s very important to check your feet daily and make sure that they are in top shape. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or suffer a foot injury while running, you should get yourself to a doctor immediately.

In addition to monitoring your disease and keeping it under control, there are some other things to keep in mind as a diabetic runner. First and foremost, get clearance from your doctor. If you are new to running, start off by walking so you can build up intensity gradually. It’s very important to make sure you are wearing the right footwear too. This differs for everyone, so go in and get sized by a specialist.

When you run, make sure you go prepared with glucose tablets, water, and some juice. It’s also a good idea to go with a friend in case something should happen. Above all else, you need to listen to your body. If your feet are telling you to stop, you need to heed that warning. You can always go out the next day and try again, our Arizona podiatrist adds. 

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Dr. Viedra V. Elison
Founder and Managing Partner of Fixing Feet Institute
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