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  1. Diabetic Footwear: Step Out in Comfort, Style and Confidence

    By: Jeanne Bellezzo

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    When you’re living with diabetes, you know it’s important to take especially good care of your feet. Keep them clean, dry and protected – and make smart decisions about your footwear.

    The shoes you wear can help make a big difference in your foot health and comfort. Footwear that offers little or no support, compresses your feet or toes, or puts pressure on vulnerable areas can contribute to potential problems ranging from blisters and toe deformities to ulcers and serious infections. Researchers in an Australian study recommended people with diabetes should be advised to wear footwear that fits, protects and accommodates the shape of their feet.1

    “That’s where therapeutic footwear comes in,” says Brian Lane, Director of Education at Dr. Comfort®.  “Specially designed and constructed to help protect your feet and provide exceptional comfort, diabetic footwear offers important features and benefits for people with diabetes.”

    And despite their name, modern therapeutic shoes look anything but therapeutic. In fact, Dr. Comfort was founded on the belief that footwear for people with diabetes (and other conditions that affect feet) can be both healthy and stylish. Our shoes combine comfort and protection with fashionable designs in a wide range of attractive styles and colors that you’ll want to wear – because if you don’t wear them, they can’t help you.

    Features to look for

    When you’re shopping for diabetic footwear, keep the following features in mind:

    • Extra-wide widths: Extra width provides plenty of room for foot comfort, so the shoe doesn’t pinch or constrict nerves or impair circulation.
    • Large toe boxes: A wide toe box helps reduce pressure on the foot and gives the toes room to stretch and relax without feeling cramped or restricted. It also helps reduce the risk of injury.
    • Easy on/off closure systems: Laces, straps and hook-and-loop closures provide a secure, customizable fit, so the shoe is easy to slip on and off and adjust for comfort.
    • Firm heel counter: A solid heel provides extra protection, support and stability.
    • Padded tongue: Soft padding on the tongue helps prevent friction and improve overall fit.
    • Extra-depth options: Extra depth accommodates custom insoles and orthotics comfortably.

    “In addition, look for approval by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA),” says Lane.

    Comfortable shoes for every occasion

    Dr. Comfort offers diabetic shoes for almost any need: casual, athletic, dressy and more – even boots and sandals. We use only the finest materials, technology and craftsmanship to help ensure quality and comfort.

    Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about whether Dr. Comfort shoes are right for you. In many cases, diabetic footwear may be covered by Medicare and supplementary insurance.

    1. van Netten JJ, Lazzarini PA, Armstrong DG, Bus SA, Fitridge R, Harding K, Kinnear E, Malone M, Menz HB, Perrin BM, Postema K, Prentice J, Schott KH, Wraight PR. Diabetic Foot Australia guideline on footwear for people with diabetes. J Foot Ankle Res. 2018 Jan 15;11:2. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0244-z. PMID: 29371890; PMCID: PMC5769299.

     

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  2. Steps to Help Prevent Amputations

    By: Erick Janisse, CO, CPed, Corporate Trainer

    A recent article published in Podiatry Today notes that the frequency of foot amputations in patients with diabetes has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.1  Pandemic or no, having to have a foot amputation is a fear for many of the 34 million Americans living with diabetes. Fortunately, the majority of diabetes-related foot complications are preventable – and fairly easily so.2

    Most amputations in folks with diabetes are preceded by a foot ulcer.3  A diabetic foot ulcer is a wound that can develop on the foot as an indirect result of the nerve damage that diabetes can cause called peripheral neuropathy.4  When someone has peripheral neuropathy, they may have diminished sensation in their feet and might not be able to feel things like foreign objects in their shoe or a shoe that is too tight and causing excessive pressure on the foot.  Things like foreign objects or shoes rubbing can cause skin breakdown (i.e. an ulcer).5  If the ulcer becomes infected, it could eventually require full or partial amputation of the foot.

    The steps to preventing a diabetic foot ulcer are, therefore, the steps to preventing amputations.  As mentioned above, they are pretty simple and straightforward.6,7

    1. Have your feet examined by a doctor regularly – at least twice a year.
    2. If you have neuropathy, it is important to have your shoes fit by a shoe-fitting professional.
    3. You should look for shoes that have plenty of space for your feet as well as any special inserts your doctor may prescribe for you. Generally speaking, we like to see about ½” of space between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe when you’re standing. It’s also important that the shoe is the proper width so that no part of your foot overlaps the shoe sole.
    4. Always keep your feet protected – especially if you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy. This means always wearing well-fitting shoes whenever you’re up and walking…and never going barefoot.
    5. Check your feet daily for wounds, blisters or red spots and contact your doctor right away should you find anything amiss.
    6. If you have swelling in your feet, your doctor may prescribe compression socks to help control the swelling. Wearing the compression socks helps maintain your skin’s integrity and may improve shoe fit.
    7. Replace your shoes at least annually; or sooner if needed or recommended by your physician.

    The majority of amputations are preventable.  It isn’t difficult but does require some diligence in following a few simple guidelines.

     

    References:

    1. Spector, J. Studies note increase in amputations after arrival of COVID-19 pandemic. Podiatry Today. 2020 Oct;33(10):10-11.
    2. Bus SA, van Netten JJ. A shift in priority in diabetic foot care and research: 75% of foot ulcers are preventable. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2016 Jan;32 Suppl 1:195-200.
    3. Brocco E, Ninkovic S, Marin M, Whisstock C, Bruseghin M, Boschetti G, Viti R, Forlini W, Volpe A. Diabetic foot management: multidisciplinary approach for advanced lesion rescue. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2018 Oct;59(5):670-684.
    4. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/nerve-damage-diabetic-neuropathies (accessed 10/7/20)
    5. Reiber GE, Vileikyte L, Boyko EJ, del Aguila M, Smith DG, Lavery LA, Boulton AJ. Causal pathways for incident lower-extremity ulcers in patients with diabetes from two settings. Diabetes Care. 1999 Jan;22(1):157-62.
    6. Ang GY, Yap CW, Saxena N. Effectiveness of Diabetes Foot Screening in Primary Care in Preventing Lower Extremity Amputations. Ann Acad Med Singap. 2017 Nov;46(11):417-423.
    7. Iraj B, Khorvash F, Ebneshahidi A, Askari G. Prevention of diabetic foot ulcer. Int J Prev Med. 2013;4(3):373-376.

     

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  3. Don't Go Barefoot

    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. Continue reading

  4. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) vs. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) Benefits

    HSA vs FSA

    Daily living costs certainly can add up. From home and foot expenses to everyday necessities and health care, everything adds up. 
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  5. New Men's Dress Shoe: The John

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    New season, new shoes! 
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  6. Meet Jack and Diane, the New Athletic-Inspired Shoe

    jack and diane diabetic shoe

    Whether your style is sophisticated, timeless or sporty, these new casual shoes are your savior to daily activity.
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  7. Introducing the Ruth and Roger

    Finally, your go-to adventure shoe is here!

    Whether it’s for busy days around town or relaxing walks on the boardwalk, show off your urban style in the new Dr. Comfort® Women’s Ruth and Men’s Roger shoe.
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  8. 5 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet

    Ways to take care of your feet

    Feet carry all of our weight but are usually neglected. While easy to forget, it pays to take care of them.
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  9. Spring Into Style This Season These Shoes

    Spring Shoes

    Looking and feeling fantastic has never been easier.

    The shoe can add a little extra to an outfit. So, it’s time to spring clean your wardrobe and put away the winter boots and bring out the bright colors and open-toe shoes. Allow your feet to be the staple this season without sacrificing comfort for fashion. Spring into style this season with these Dr. Comfort® picks.

    Women’s Shoes

    Katy

    Bright and bold like the longer days of spring, the Katy is a vibrant athletic shoe that packs in comfort, support and style. Whether you want to head to the gym, walk around town, or run some errands, the Katy knows how to add pizazz to your casual outfits.

    Features:

    • No-Tie Elastic Lace Closure: Easy-to-adjust toggle closure—no tying or untying required—and seamless design to help prevent skin irritation
    • Mesh Uppers: Breathable material to help regulate heat and keep feet cool and dry
    • Removable Insoles: Footbeds can be removed to help accommodate your own orthotics
    • Protective Toe Box: Protective toe box helps provide extra protection from toe stubbing
    • Long-Lasting Shoe: Use of top-quality materials and construction helps prevent wear and tear and makes for a longer lasting shoe
    • Firm Heel Counter: Help provide extra medial and lateral support and stability for day-to-day activities

    Shop the Katy

    Mallory

    Clean lines and sophistication, the Mallory casual shoe elevates style while delivering comfort (our secret). These sleek-looking loafers go beyond the 9 to 5 look. The Mallory’s rich details and eye-catching design pairs well with just about any outfit from an evening out or casual coffee dates. Breathable and comfortable, these slide-on shoes are great for spring weather.

    Features:

    • Removable Insoles: Footbeds can be removed to help accommodate your own orthotics
    • Arch Stability: Use of rigid shank in the mid-foot of the outsole helps deliver arch stability
    • Improved Comfort: Reduced seamlines, soft micro-suede lining, and uppers with reduced stitching deliver comfort and help prevent skin irritation
    • Added Support and Improved Fit: Firm heel counter for support, padded heel counter, and padded tongue to help reduce irritation
    • Easy On/Off Application: Slip-on style allows this for easy on/off application
    • Genuine Leather: Constructed with genuine leather for comfort and good foot support

    Shop the Mallory

    Breeze

    Step out in style with our Breeze, a wear-anywhere sandal that pairs nicely with a dress or jeans. Crafted in full-grain leather and an open-air design, these sandals deliver luxurious comfort, breathability and that easy-going casual look that’s perfect for spring.

    Features:

    • Full-Grain Leather: Durable leather that helps prevent skin irritation and helps keep the foot comfortable during long hours of wear
    • Customizable Fit: Adjustable contact closure allows for easy adjustability and personalized comfort.
    • Open-Air Design: Breathable, open design to help keep feet cool and dry
    • Protective Toe Box: Protective toe box helps provide extra protection from toe stubbing
    • Top-Quality Shoe: Use of top-quality material and construction helps prevent wear and tear
    • Firm Heel Counter: Helps provide extra medial and lateral support and stability for day-to-day activities

    Shop the Breeze

    Spring Men

    Fisherman

    Keep your feet cool and comfortable this spring in the Fisherman. An easy-going, casual sandal, the Fisherman combines soft leather, durable construction, and plenty of ventilation. Pair this with shorts or jeans for your outdoor adventure or casual outing with friends and family.

    Features:

    • Full-Grain Leather: Durable leather that helps prevent skin irritation and helps keep the foot comfortable during long hours of wear.
    • Customizable Fit: Adjustable contact closure allows for easy adjustability and personalized comfort.
    • Open-Air Design: Breathable, open design to help keep feet cool and dry.
    • Protective Toe Box: Protective toe box helps provide extra protection from toe stubbing
    • Top-Quality Shoe: Use of top-quality material and construction helps prevent wear and tear
    • Firm Heel Counter: Helps provide extra medial and lateral support and stability for day-to-day activities.

    Shop the Fisherman

    Patrick

    You can’t have spring without a classic boat shoe. The Patrick is a sophisticated, modern-day men’s casual boat shoe featuring top-grain leather that helps relieve pressure while aiding in all-day comfort. With a moccasin toe and detailed stitching on the outside, your foot will feel cushioned on the inside with its soft smooth, leather. From work to dinner, the Patrick pairs well with just about any outfit.

    Features:

    • Removable Insoles: Footbeds can be removed to help accommodate your own orthotics
    • Supportive Insoles: Removable insole features a supportive polyurethane layer, gel pods in the forefoot and heel and polyethylene cushioning from heel to toe.
    • Protective Toe Box: The extra width and depth in toe-box and forefoot helps reduce pressure on feet and helps prevent toe stubbing
    • Leather Uppers: Breathable material to help regulate heat and keep feet cool and dry
    • Lightweight Construction: Manufactured to stringent medical grade specifications, the lightweight outer sole is long lasting, light and has a non-skid finish
    • Added Support and Improved Fit: Firm heel counter for support, padded heel counter and padded tongue to help reduce irritation

    Shop the Patrick

    Jason

    A contemporary and bold athletic shoe delivering comfort during activity that is perfect for all your outdoor activities this spring. The Jason athletic shoe helps deliver support and flexibility no matter what activity you do. And with a virtually seamless design, the Jason is packed with foot solutions so you can go about your day with protection.

    Features:

    • No-Tie Elastic Lace Closure: Easy-to-adjust toggle closure—no tying or untying required—and seamless design to help prevent skin irritation
    • Mesh Uppers: Breathable material to help regulate heat and keep feet cool and dry
    • Removable Insoles: Footbeds can be removed to help accommodate your own orthotics
    • Protective Toe Box: Protective toe box helps provide extra protection from toe stubbing
    • Long-Lasting Shoe: Use of top-quality materials and construction helps prevent wear and tear and makes for a longer lasting shoe
    • Firm Heel Counter: Helps provide extra medial and lateral support and stability for day-to-day activities

    Shop the Jason

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

     

     

  10. Shoe Spotlight: Gordon and Grace

    Gordon and Grace Athletic Shoes

    Meet the shoes that are gaining attention and delivering convenience and style.

    From a walk in the park to a hike outdoors to a quiet evening at home, we’ve got a new athletic shoe that’s bold, comfortable and performance-focused.
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