Why should those with diabetes wear shoes all the time?

Livabetes give me sugar dizzies asked:

Earlier today I read an article about shoes and the different problems with different kinds of shoes.

I can’t find it anymore, which is why I didn’t post the link.

But in the article, it said that someone with diabetes or would likely eventually get diabetes should never go without shoes; whether inside or outside their house.

Why would that be? Thanks for any help in understanding this.

6 thoughts on “Why should those with diabetes wear shoes all the time?”

  1. To protect our feet from getting little cuts that won’t heal. Maybe a splinter so tiny you barely feel it, until it’s infected.
    A diabetics feet & legs doesn’t heal as a normal person’s does.

  2. micksmixxx says:

    People with diabetes have a greater tendency towards developing neuropathy … nerve ending damage. This can result in lack of sensation to extremities i.e., their feet.

    As Lucie has already stated, diabetics also heal slower than someone that doesn’t have the condition. This is to do with the higher glucose (sugar) level in their bloodstream which does have the effect of damaging many organs. Diabetics are also more prone to have circulatory problems … again due to the higher levels of glucose.

  3. the wound will become bigger bigger and bigger …then you leg will become amputation …

  4. Diabetes Advocate says:

    Many people with diabetes have decreased circulation, which means slower healing time. Adding to this, many also have neuropathy (nerve damage) in their feet. I have seen many diabetics that have decreased sensation in their feet and didn’t even know it. If you can’t feel it when you injure your foot, and it doesn’t heal, it can lead to infection and amputation. Shoes protect feet from injury, that is why we recommend wearing them at all times. I had one patient that had a nail in his work boot. He had no feeling in his feet and honestly could not feel the nail stick in his foot each day when he put his boots on…..gangrene, then amputation of his foot. For this reason, it is also recommended that diabetics inspect their feet each day.
    Good luck!
    Kim

  5. An in? ammation of the fascia in the foot can lead to a condition called plantar fasciitis, causing heel pain severe enough to prevent walking. So it is always adviced to wear the comfortable shoes

  6. Balasubas says:

    I have peripheral neuropathy, and the bottom of my feet have reduced feeling. As a result, I can injure my feet with cuts and never know it. Shoes help protect me from doing this, and ,yes, you should wear them at all times. Those with diabetes heal slower than others, and get infections also. This can lead to amputations.

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