As shoe experts, New Balance San Antonio knows a thing or two about feet. We know the biomechanics of various foot strides, the role your feet play on your joints, and that if you suffer from diabetes, your shoe choice can be a serious matter. Diabetics are at a high risk of developing dangerous conditions like impaired circulation or nerve damage, a combination that when mixed with poorly-fitted shoes can lead to ulcers and a host of other issues.
According to Diabetes Self-Management, impaired circulation raises the risk of infection because wounds on your feet heal slower. Nerve damage, they report, “can cause loss of sensation in the feet, which means a person may not feel heat, cold, or pain in his feet.”
With this in mind, we tell our diabetic customers to look for shoes that offer a generous amount of room in the forefoot and no exposed stitching. The latter can cause a wound that a diabetic may not discover right away, leading to potential infection and in some cases, amputation. It’s also wise to choose a shoe with a rocker bottom outsole because the rocker functions like the natural rolling motion of your foot.
Learn even more about what to look for in a shoe here.
How Can We Help?
At New Balance, we stay up-to-date on the knowledge you need to choose footwear that will keep your feet safe and healthy. If you’re struggling with finding the right shoe, visit us at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village. Some recommended styles (which come in various colors for both men and women) include: