From Portland, Oregon, USA:
How critical is it is to focus on foot care for a 14 year old boy newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? Where can we get information about purchasing proper shoes without inside seams that match the interests of a teenager who wants to be like all the other kids? Any information regarding foot care for a teenager is appreciated.
Sorry -- your son should win this argument easily!
Common sense foot care for teens is all that is needed. The warnings about food care are very generalized and usually imply pre-existing vascular compromise and/or nerve damage, so the dangers under such circumstances for ingrown toenails, cuts, bunions and poorly-fitted shoes are very high. For most youngsters including adolescents, common sense dictates some of the following:
- If the shoes or sneakers hurt, don't wear them -- no different with or without diabetes.
- If the sand is too hot, don't walk on it barefoot.
- If there are too many rocks or other things that would cut up the feet, protect the feet -- on the ground, in the woods, on the beach, etc.
[Editor's comment: I'll add one more: Shake out your shoes before putting them on. Especially if you have a kitty who likes to hide things in odd places. WWQ]
Original posting 30 Apr 2002
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