WEARING THE CORRECT SHOES IS A MUST FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS.

Nerve damage caused by diabetes can lead to serious impairment due to lack of feeling in the feet.

Sterling's pharmacy team can help patients find shoes that offer better arch, ankle, and heel support while giving toes more wiggle room to avoid blisters.

We can also identify how Medicare—and other plans—may help with the purchase of shoes and inserts.

PEOPLE WITH DIABETES CAN DEVELOP MANY DIFFERENT FOOT PROBLEMS.

Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. The American Diabetes Association offers the following tips on keeping your feet healthy:

  • Ask your doctor about medicare coverage for special shoes.
  • Take care of your diabetes. Work with your healthcare team to keep your blood glucose in your target range.
  • Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, two or three times a day. Don't cross your legs for long periods of time, and avoid smoking.

SPEAK WITH YOUR STERLING PHARMACY TEAM TODAY TO SEE HOW WE CAN HELP.

We can fit you for the proper shoes and socks and help find the foot care products needed to keep your feet healthy. For more information on the importance of diabetic shoes and how to get fitted for your next pair, talk with your Sterling Pharmacy team today.