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Wrong-Sized Shoes - a Great Risk for Diabetics

Nov 15, 2007
According to the latest research, those people who suffer from diabetes are at danger of developing serious foot problems including amputation.

During a study conducted at Ninewells Hospital Medical School in Dundee, Scotland, 100 patients aged 24 to 89 took part in foot-size examination to reveal their foot problems. All the patients had to undergo feet examination in a sitting and standing positions.

After the examination, specialists concluded that 63 percent of patients had the wrong-sized shoes, wearing too narrow shoes in almost the half of all cases.

Dr Graham Leese, from University of Dundee, said that foot shape changes in standing position becoming wider and longer, which is not taken into account by many patients. Many of the diabetes patients often experience lack of feeling in their feet and thus are prone to wearing the wrong -sized shoes without knowing it.

As much as 45 percent of the participants reported about such feet problems as ulcers, callouses, bunions, corns or swelling but they didn't address their problem to badly-fitted shoes. Specialists warn that ulceration may lead to serious consequences, increasing the risk of amputation and even death.

These problems can be avoided if the patients will be offered the foot measuring services as well as wider range of foot sizes and widths. This is especially important for those people who lack feeling in their feet due to diabetes.

The study has been published in the November issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

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