Victoria Barron: Foot health awareness

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To the editor:

As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, we all look forward to shedding our clunky boots and buying the latest spring and summer footwear. 

But, if you have diabetes, there are some important things to remember when purchasing footwear, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health:

• Choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes that have plenty of room in them. Never buy shoes that do not fit properly, hoping the shoes will stretch with time. Neuropathy (nerve damage) may prevent you from being able to sense pressure from improperly fitting shoes. You may need a special shoe made to fit your foot.

• Wear shoes made out of canvas, leather, or suede. Do not wear shoes made out of plastic, or another material that does not breathe. Do not wear thong sandals.

• Wear shoes you can easily adjust. They should have laces, Velcro, or buckles.

• Do not wear shoes with pointed or open toes, such as high heels, flip-flops, or sandals.

• And don’t forget about socks.  They add an extra layer of protection between your shoe and foot.

Are you overweight? Older than 45? Do you have a family history of diabetes? Get screened for diabetes today by calling Eveline at 970-871-7658 in Craig, or Karla at 970-875-1880 in Steamboat Springs.

Victoria Barron

Community Health Educator, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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