Going barefoot is typically associated with being relaxed and carefree, either while moving around the house, sitting on the front porch, or frolicking on a sandy beach. But for diabetes patients who have experienced a loss of sensation or other changes in the feet as a result of peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease or other complications, going without shoes poses a surprising amount of risk.
There are a number of specialty shoes, socks and orthotic devices designed to treat specific foot conditions. You won’t find them at your average shoe store, but taking the extra steps to find the right footwear for you can help improve specific conditions and your overall foot health.
Every year around spring break, I pick up a new pair of cheap flip-flops in anticipation of warmer temperatures. By the time the pool opens or the trip to the beach arrives, however, one of the straps has already broken or my plantar fasciitis has flared up.
Whether it’s BMW convertibles or Krups coffee grinders, German-made products have a reputation for outstanding quality and craftsmanship. But one of their most impressive exports might be Finn Comfort, a line of footwear that includes walking shoes, dress shoes and sandals.
By now, you might be familiar with our saying, “When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts.” A more positive way of saying that might be: “When you get the right pair of shoes, you’re taking a step toward better health in all areas of your life.”
If you look at the details, the foot is an amazing instrument. Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. The soles of our feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body.
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