Wearing Shoes

Tips for your feet in everyday situations.

Joy Pape By Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN

Life happens and we all wish we had a quick answer for some of the issues we don't always remember to plan for. When it comes to your feet, here are some tips for handling those issues.

What do I do…

…when my feet are cold. Wear wool socks. Wear two pair of socks rather than one-the extra padding feels good, but make sure these don't take up too much room in your shoes and cause them to be too tight. Tight shoes can cause blisters, which can then cause more problems. Cozy up to a loved one and put your feet together. If you have a dog(s) or cat(s), put your feet on their warm body. Try wearing shoes with a wool shear or other warm lining both at home and when out. And, always remember, if your feet are cold and if it's not because of the weather, tell your diabetes care team so you can find out why and get the help you need.

…when I'm in the airport security line. Tell the staff that you have diabetes and you don't want to walk barefoot. They should let you walk through security with your shoes on. Then, they should ask you to sit down, and check your feet and shoes.

…when I am wearing shoes that are rubbing a blister. If you are at home, change your shoes right away to your tried and trusted shoes that you know fit you well. If you are out, it depends where the blister is. If the blister is at the back of your foot, take your foot out of the back and try to walk with the back exposed. If it's rubbing anywhere else, walk as little as possible, stop and get another pair of shoes, or get home ASAP so you can change your shoes.

…when there's hot pavement or sand. Try wearing shoes with a protective sole. If you have nothing available, get to a place to sit ASAP to prevent burning your feet.

…when my toenail(s) is thick and discolored. This could be a fungal infection. Try rubbing some Vicks VapoRub (or its generic form) on the top of your affected toenail(s) daily. It will take about a month for you to notice a difference.

…when I need to get dressed up. just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you have to wear ugly shoes There are shoes available that aren't high heels, sandals, or pointed toed, but are good looking. It might take you a bit more time to find, but you can Find shoes that are protective, have rounded toes, and are good looking.

…when I'm sleeping. Although diabetes health care professionals tell you to always wear shoes, the one time you can go barefoot is when you are in your bed or chair sleeping.


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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

Last Modified Date: July 08, 2013

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