Approximately 1.8 million people in the UK have diabetes and a further one million have the condition but are unaware that they do. People with diabetes are unable to regulate the levels of glucose in their blood. Diabetes may be controlled by diet, medication or daily injections of insulin.
The feet may be affected in two ways – the circulation of blood to the feet may be reduced, impairing healing and increasing the chances of infection and the nerves that give sensation may be damaged. The feet may be numb and changes to their structure may occur, such as an increase in arch height or clawing of the toes. The choice of shoes is very important, as potential problems may be avoided by wearing the right type.
Footwear features to consider…
- Choose shoes that have plenty of internal space and a soft upper to prevent pressure on the toes and joints.
- A lace or touch fastening will hold the foot securely and prevent excess movement.
- A sole that provides good shock absorption is ideal.
- Smooth internal seams are essential.
So what really does make happy feet?
Having made footwear now for sixty years we’ve had lots of opportunity to discuss this with customers, members of the public and a range of health care professionals and have come to the conclusion that different things make different feet happy.
- For people with heel pain, shoes with underfoot cushioning can provide some relief
- For those who suffer from corns look for shoes that have cushioned soles – these provide extra protection and comfort
- To help prevent bunions you must make sure there’s plenty of space around and on top of your toes
- If you need to wear orthotics then shoes with removable insoles may be helpful