Don't Go Barefoot
Even when you’re not out and about…wearing your shoes is important!We hope that this finds you all well in these constantly changing times. Many of us are sticking close to home and not going out as much as we are accustomed to. However, it’s important to remember that those of us with diabetes and/or at-risk feet should still wear our shoes and inserts whenever we’re up and walking around – inside the house and out.
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, folks with diabetes should, “Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! Always wear shoes or slippers. You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.” And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agrees. In their, “Foot Care for a Lifetime” publication*, they remind us, “NEVER GO BAREFOOT! Walking barefoot puts excessive pressure on the bottom of the foot and can cause an ulcer.”
Finally, the American Diabetes Association says, “Never walk barefoot, not even indoors,” and provides a special reminder for those of us who have been diagnosed with neuropathy. “Although it can hurt, diabetic nerve damage can also lessen your ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. Loss of feeling often means you may not feel a foot injury. You could get a blister and not feel it. You might not notice a foot injury until the skin breaks down and becomes infected.”
So please make sure you’re wearing your Dr. Comfort shoes and inserts whenever you are up and walking around. Your feet are counting on you!
*Check out the “Foot Care for a Lifetime” brochure here for more great tips: https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hansensdisease/leap/footcareforalifetime.pdf