Published monthly in The Marysville Advocate, "To Your Health" articles provide information about health and wellness topics.
Diabetes + foot health, November 2018
Diabetes affects many aspects of your health. Foot health for diabetics is particularly important to monitor, as injuries to the feet may take a long time to heal and can lead to loss of toes or the foot. Nerve damage may make it difficult to feel injuries to the feet. It is important to check your feet regularly for any pressure points or redness. It is also important to wear proper foot wear that protects your feet.
Diabetics have particular issues to address when buying footwear. Community Medical Equipment (CME), located at 805 Broadway in Marysville, is accredited by Medicare to fit and sell diabetic footwear. The staff is trained and certified by Dr. Comfort Shoes.
First, the trained staff will measure your feet for a proper fit. Many times, people buy shoes too big to avoid them being too tight. This may lead to rubbing and blisters on the feet. These injuries are difficult to heal and may be dangerous to your overall health, particularly if you have diabetes. The diabetic shoes by Dr. Comfort are designed to provide proper width and a smooth interior to avoid pressure points.
Insoles may also be individually fitted using a foam foot impression that is sent directly to Dr. Comfort Shoes. You may also choose to get gel insoles which require no foot impressions. Proper insoles provide good support and help wick moisture away from your feet.
Once you are measured, you may choose from several different styles of shoes. Many have hook and loop (Velcro) closures for easy on and off. Many have features that will adjust to swelling of the feet. When your custom shoes arrive at the store, you may try them on to ensure proper fit. If you are not satisfied with the fit, they may be returned at that time.
For those that have diabetes and other medical conditions, Medicare or private insurance may help pay for your shoes. Such conditions include poor circulation, a history of foot ulceration, pre-ulcerative callus formation, or other medical conditions of the feet.
The staff at CME will help you file your Medicare or insurance claim. If you qualify, Medicare will pay for one pair of shoes and three sets of insoles per year.
CME also has diabetic socks that provide comfort and good fit without being binding or tight. For those that use lace-up shoes, there are different lacing techniques to avoid pressure points and accommodate for swelling. The helpful staff at CME can also offer lacing instruction.
Even if you do not have diabetes, CME is happy to fit you with comfortable, quality shoes that may address your foot problems.
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