Neuropathy is a disease where the nerves become damaged. Peripheral neuropathy causes numbness and pain in the extremities such as the feet, legs and hands. Your peripheral nervous system is important in delivering and receiving nerve messages from the brain and spinal cord to muscles, skin, internal organs and glands.
Symptoms of neuropathy include a loss of sensation and/or burning, weakness, tingling or paralysis. So if you suffer from neuropathy, you may not feel injuries to your extremities, particularly your feet. It is very important to choose your footwear carefully for protection and maximum support and comfort.
Although diabetes often causes neuropathy, it is not the only cause. Other illnesses and injuries that may result in nerve damage include infections, toxin exposure, metabolic disorders and trauma.
It's essential to protect your feet if you have neuropathy because you won't always feel any foot damage. Avoid going barefoot and check your feet every day for anything unusual or any damage. Even a minor cut or bruise on the feet can get worse and become an ulcer. Neuropathy can also cause more falls because you can't feel your walking surface, causing more injuries.
Supportive, Protective Shoes Are Essential for Patients with Neuropathy
If you have neuropathy and are confused about the right kind of footwear for you, please come visit us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute. We will examine your feet and counsel you on the best shoes and sandals for your specific foot and health conditions.
Select the right shoes for maximum comfort and to protect your feet:
- Always measure both feet each time you shop and buy for the larger size.
- Shop later in the day when your feet are largest.
- Try on all shoes and walk around the store a bit. Shoes should be comfortable right away without a "break-in" period.
- Opt for shoes with extra cushioning that "give" such as those made of soft leather.
- Shoes made for patients with diabetes as well as therapeutic shoes are good options if you have neuropathy. These types of shoes offer good protection and have lots of room in the toe box. Some styles are extra deep to allow for custom-fitted inserts or orthotics.
- For women, high heels can be worn for brief periods unless you also have poor blood circulation or a foot deformity. In that case, avoid high heels and choose comfortable flatter shoes.
- Never wear sandal-type shoes that have straps between the toes as these may cause blisters or irritation that you can't feel.
We Have the Right Experience To Help with Foot Problems and Neuropathy
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with all types of foot problems associated with neuropathy and diabetes. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Don't let neuropathy keep you down - we can help resolve your discomfort!