Have a foot-protection plan
HTeam/Shutterstock The feet can take a beating when you have diabetes. Poor circulation from damaged blood vessels slows healing and makes feet more prone to infection, while nerve damage can dull sensation and leave you oblivious to injuries that can quickly get out of control. Foot troubles are one of the more common complications of diabetes—here are 11 other silent diabetes complications.
In the grand scheme of things, foot hassles may seem almost comically mundane, but you just can’t dismiss broken skin, corns, calluses, bunions, or ingrown toenails when you have diabetes. Left untreated for long, such conditions can put you at risk of losing a foot—or even a leg—to gangrene. In fact, about 15 percent of people with diabetes in the United States eventually develop foot problems that threaten a limb, and more than 50,000 must undergo amputations every year.
The sole piece of equipment you need for an effective exercise plan is a good pair of walking shoes. They’ll help you travel farther and faster with more comfort—and no blisters or injuries. And if you want to try an approach that can put you in control of your diabetes, try this step-by-step plan.
Shop at a respected athletic-shoe store
Adisa/Shutterstock A skilled salesperson can size your feet and find the best shoe for your foot shape and size. Tell the salesperson what type of terrain you’ll be walking on and how many miles on average you plan to walk a week. Check out these 20 shoe-buying secrets from shoe salespeople.