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feet require specially designed shoes, ask your insurance plan about
covering the cost of the shoes. Medicare will cover foot exams and special
(orthotic) shoes or shoe inserts. Some medical supply shops specialize in
designing custom-fitted shoes for people with
diabetes who have abnormally shaped feet or pressure
sores on their feet.
Good shoes should fit well. To ensure that
your shoes fit well:
Good shoes should be made of comfortable materials. Good
shoes are made of materials that are flexible and breathable (don't make your
Good shoes should protect your feet.
Good socks should protect your feet.
When you wear new shoes, check your feet for
pressure spots, redness, or blisters twice a day. New shoes should be broken in
slowly. The first week, wear your new shoes only 1 to 2 hours a day. The second
week, wear your new shoes 2 to 3 hours a day. Increase the amount of time you
wear the new shoes each week. It is especially important to break in leather
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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