Anyone with diabetes knows that nerve damage is a huge concern. It is estimated that 60-70% of diabetics have nerve damage or neuropathy caused by high blood sugar.
The legs and feet are the body parts most commonly affected by nerve damage. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain. Some diabetics lose the ability to feel heat, cold, and pain in their feet altogether. Without pain as a warning signal, you may not know when there is cause for concern.
When nerve damage is combined with poor circulation (another diabetes complication), you are at higher risk for a foot ulcer that could become infected. Infections that go untreated or don’t respond to treatment can lead to amputation. It is imperative that you have the proper equipment to protect your feet.
Consider socks made specifically for diabetics. These socks will be made from a moisture-wicking fabric and will have extra cushioning, no elastic tops, and no seams. Orthotic footwear is also a great investment in protection and comfort.
Norland Avenue Pharmacy offers both diabetic socks and orthotic footwear. Our Dr. Comfort footwear is made with the finest materials with many beautiful colors and styles to choose from, but finding the perfect fit is key. That’s why we have a certified fitter on staff to help: Shelly Bowers.
Medicare Part B and some insurances will cover one pair of custom-molded diabetic shoes a year, so you may even be able to get a pair for free. Call or stop by the pharmacy to schedule an appointment for your custom shoe fitting today.