Diabetes Self-Management Blog

Are you sure that the shoes you wear are the right size for your feet? A recent study suggests that a large proportion of people with diabetes may be wearing the wrong size shoes, potentially exposing themselves to foot injuries that could lead to complications such as foot ulcers and amputation.

The study, which took place in Dundee, Scotland, and was published in the November issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, involved 100 volunteers with diabetes aged 24 to 89. These volunteers had their feet fully examined and measured in both a seated and a standing position; their shoes were also measured. People who wore specialty footwear or were attending specialist foot clinics were excluded from the study.

The researchers concluded that 63% of the volunteers were wearing the wrong size shoes. Wrong width was the problem for 45% of the volunteers, with the majority wearing shoes that were too narrow for their feet. Interestingly, whether or not a person had decreased feeling in his feet (which can occur with diabetic nerve damage, or neuropathy) did not affect his chances of wearing a wrong size shoe.

The study turned up a few more eye-opening statistics. For example, while almost half of the volunteers had experienced foot problems such as ulcers, calluses, bunions, corns, or swelling, only 29% examined their feet daily. In fact, 22% of the volunteers said they never checked their feet at all. Experts recommend that people who have diabetes inspect their feet every day to look for foot problems that they may not be able to feel and make sure that any existing injuries are healing.

The researchers involved in this study suggest that shoe-fitting problems—and by extension, many foot problems—could be diminished if more shoe stores offered foot-measuring services for adults. They also called for shoe manufacturers to standardize shoe sizes and offer a wider range of lengths and widths in their shoes. However, there are also steps that you can take to make sure that the shoes you buy fit you properly. For guidance on finding a pair of shoes that fits, check out our article “How to Choose Footwear.” And for more tips on daily foot care, check out “What Can I Do to Take Care of My Feet?” which is part of the article “Taking Steps Toward Healthy Feet.” All of these articles are found in the “Foot Care” section of DiabetesSelfManagement.com.

POST A COMMENT       
  

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our commenting system. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve them.


Foot Care
Why Wear Special Shoes for Diabetes? (11/17/14)
Why Do Your Feet Hurt? (11/05/14)
Healing Numb Feet (10/08/14)
Getting a Foot Up On Diabetes Care (02/25/14)

Diabetic Complications
You Can Fight Chronic Pain With Food (11/10/14)
Mediterranean Diet May Benefit Kidneys (11/06/14)
Statins May Reduce Risk of Nerve Damage, Other Diabetes Complications (09/18/14)
New Approach for Neuropathy Pain? (08/18/14)

Diabetes Research
A Diabetes Cure in Mice (11/13/14)
Mediterranean Diet May Benefit Kidneys (11/06/14)
Can Grapefruit Juice Prevent Weight Gain, Increase Insulin Sensitivity? (10/16/14)
Low-Carb Diet Improves Quality of Life in Type 2 Diabetes (10/07/14)

Diabetes News
Mediterranean Diet May Benefit Kidneys (11/06/14)
New Metformin Combination Medicine Approved for Type 2 Diabetes (10/30/14)
FDA Approves Remote Glucose-Monitoring Technology (10/24/14)
Can Grapefruit Juice Prevent Weight Gain, Increase Insulin Sensitivity? (10/16/14)

 

 

Disclaimer of Medical Advice: You understand that the blog posts and comments to such blog posts (whether posted by us, our agents or bloggers, or by users) do not constitute medical advice or recommendation of any kind, and you should not rely on any information contained in such posts or comments to replace consultations with your qualified health care professionals to meet your individual needs. The opinions and other information contained in the blog posts and comments do not reflect the opinions or positions of the Site Proprietor.