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Dr. Edward Williams DPM of Foot and Ankle Associates
There are countless running shoes out there that are marketed to everyone from Olympic runners to couch potatoes. Some shoes are good; some are not so good. It usually depends on how the shoes fit the person. One specialty shoe is particularly important to the population they’re marketed for and plays an important role for that group’s health.
Shoes designed for people with diabetes are one of the more important specialty shoes. They can literally save a person’s life. A simple cut or blister, left unchecked, can lead to a foot ulcer, which can lead to a foot amputation.
Running shoes and socks are designed to cut down on friction in problem areas of the foot. They also soften the impact of running on the bottom of the feet. Reduced friction decreases the potential for blisters, and softened impact lessens the possibility of plantar ulcers on the foot. Cushioned inserts in regular running shoes help a little, but the benefits of specially designed diabetic running shoes can’t be matched.
Preventing ulcers and blisters also keeps runners on their feet longer, which increases overall health, which helps with diabetes. The results of running are very straightforward when it comes to diabetes. Weight control, increased blood flow and improving the body’s ability to process sugar are good for everyone, especially people with diabetes.
You can find running shoes and socks for diabetics both in running shops and online at a variety of websites. If you have questions about which running shoes are right for you, contact a Santa Fe foot doctor. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates, Inc. work with you to develop a safe exercise regimen with the right diabetic footwear. You can also order our book, Foot and Ankle Health Book, available FREE online.
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