You all know, or soon will know, the problems that a person with diabetes faces as far as your feet are concerned. The feet are one of the first things to go, so taking care of them is important. We are told not to go barefoot. The reason is to prevent injuries. I know that when I get an insect bite on my foot now, I can expect the markings to be there for 6-8 weeks. Research being done in the Portland, OR area indicates that the less you restrict the foot, the better. So, going barefoot is best for most people, but not us. Sit down, take your shoe off.
Flex your foot forward,, back, side to side. Now, put one foot on top of the opposite knee, grab hold of it and twist and turn. There are 27 bones in the foot, all designed to move independently. Now, take your shoe, how well does it flex? The stiffer it is (think hiking boots) the more your foot, legs and back suffer. So, what do you do? Sometimes I will wear 2-3 pair of old socks and walk down our stone road with them on my feet, protecting them from most injuries. My "shoe" of choice is a moccasin without much sole. I got mine at Walmart for about $10.00. I can feel the stones through them. Sandals are generally not a good choice, as the sole is firm and unyielding. The bottom line is, if your foot does not flex, then your foot is not working properly. There is footwear that is available, but I do not know the name of it. It has leather on the bottom and separate places for the toes. Very flexible. I was told these are used by the Navy Seals for rock climbing, since they provide better gripping with the toes. The most common feet problems,
especially among women, are caused by shoes that are too small in length and/or too small in width. If you have to squeeze your toes into them, get rid of them. Realize over the weekend that the last 6 months that I have worn my moccasins, the pains in my feet, especially the crippling one in my heels, have gone, made me sit down this Monday morning and spread my learned wisdom all across DC land. Once I dig up some of my sources, I will let you know. Jim
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