Diabetics Should Not Walk Barefoot: MD Podiatrist

For people with a loss of sensation in the feet due to diabetic neuropathy, foot covering is crucial. “Neuropathy can lessen your ability to detect a harmful object,” says podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS a member of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC.

 

Why does that matter? Diabetes can weaken the immune system, especially when blood glucose isn’t well managed. That makes it more difficult to fight off minor infections, so even small cuts are at a greater risk of becoming difficult-to-treat wounds. “Even if you have an injury on your foot that is a few days old, you risk exposure to bacteria on a sharp object or a surface you walk on,” says Michaels. “That may cause a potentially dangerous infection.” And without pain to alert you to the presence of the wound, an infection can spin out of control quickly, which could ultimately result in the loss of a toe or foot.

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The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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