Diabetics need to wear shoes at all times. You could get burned on hot sand or pavement, sustain a puncture wound, or get a cut or scrape from an object on the ground. You may not even notice you have a minor injury until later on when it could be at high risk for infection and could then turn into a non-healing wound. Steer clear of these serious, sometimes life-threatening situations by always keeping your feet covered.
Shoes are vital for diabetics because of poor circulation and neuropathy, two common conditions associated with the disease. Neuropathy leads to a loss of feeling, leaving you unable to feel heat, pain, or cold. Poor circulation means that there is not as much blood flow to your feet, which can greatly impact the healing of an injury. For these two reasons, that it is imperative that you never go barefoot if you have diabetes.
If you would like further information on diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates. You can reach our office in Richardson, TX, by calling (972) 690-5374.