Finding good role models is hard these days. If you or your child has diabetes, it’s encouraging to know that you’re not alone. Diabetes affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and economic groups. From your next door neighbor to Nick Jonas of the famed Jonas Brothers, this disease impacts a growing number of Americans. No matter who you are, the shoes you choose impact the health of your feet.

 A foot ulcer occurs mainly in patients with diabetes when there is a combination of neuropathy (loss of feeling), poor circulation, and irritation due to friction. It’s easy to avoid getting an ulcer by taking care of your feet. Make sure to inspect them daily for changes, keep them well-groomed, and visit your foot specialist regularly. All of these steps will help you avoid open sores on your feet.

One of the most important factors in keeping ulcers at bay is choosing the right footwear. This doesn’t just mean shoes, but socks, slippers, and anything else you might put on your feet. You should choose shoes that are supportive and fit you well. Never go barefoot, even at home. Wear socks or slippers at all times to prevent injuries from stepping on sharp or hard objects. If you happen to also have a foot deformity, you might want to see about investing in a pair of orthopedic shoes.

Despite every effort, many diabetic patients will still form ulcers. Call Dr. Viedra Elison today at 623-584-5556, or schedule an appointment online to get all of the information you need about taking care of your diabetic feet. With Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ on your side, you can rest assured that you are getting the best care possible.

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