High blood sugar contributes to poor blood circulation. It can also damage nerves in your feet, a condition called neuropathy. Neuropathy can cause you to lose feeling in your feet, which may make it difficult for you to realise if you have got yourself cut or injured.


If you leave a cut untreated, it can lead to an infection. Poorly controlled blood sugar can damage many parts of the body, including the nerves and vessels that go to the feet. Because of this, people with diabetes have an increased risk of developing foot problems. 


But the right footwear can go a long way towards keeping serious foot complications at bay. Considering all the problems related to feet health, we have got some solutions which you should keep in mind when hitting the store. 


KEEP AN EYE Since shoes break down over time, take inventory every 6 to 12 months. How do your feet feel in the shoes? Have any parts of the shoe worn down? There are some significant signs to indicate that the shoes need to go. The indications may include, caving of the heel to one side or it getting worn down, excessive wear of the forefoot or thinning or tearing of the lining. Walking and jogging shoes should be retired at 300 to 500 miles, or at least every 5 months. 


LOOK FOR FOOT-FRIENDLY FEATURES Starts with a good supportive sole. There are various shock-absorbent soles available in the markets near you. Furthermore, cushioned soles can be another option. You can also opt for shoes made from breathable materials like fabric or soft leather, and with laces or Velcro, which will let you adjust the fit to your feet and not suffocate it. 


TRY THEM ON There’s only one way to tell if the shoe fits are by trying them on. Since your feet change shape and size over time, have them measured by a certified shoe fitter each time you buy new shoes. 


PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SOCKS Socks provides an extra layer of protection between your shoe and skin, reducing the risk of blisters. Socks act as a cushion for the feet and are thus very important. Look for breathable materials like cotton, wool, or acrylic, especially for exercise. A little extra padding on the heel and ball of the foot helps too.


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