Last night I attended a function for a local sorority here in Bloomington/Normal. I am the Advisory Board Chairman and went to the Chapter House for a meeting. (To learn more fun facts about me or a staff member, click here!) On the way in, I noticed that my shoe kept making a ‘scratchy’ sound and felt a little weird or off-balance. I didn’t pay much attention until this morning when a close inspection revealed a potential NIGHTMARE for a diabetic patient….
I wear extra depth shoes and inserts. Not only are they stylish (my fashionista sister has the same pair and LOVES them!) but they protect my feet and I can ‘practice what I preach’ to my patients. These shoes have additional toe room, and are sturdier and deeper than regular shoes. This extra volume accommodates inserts, or orthotics, as well as deformities commonly associated with a diabetic foot. Extra depth shoes are light weight, have shock-absorbing soles, and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to accommodate virtually any foot. Extra depth shoes are IDEAL for diabetic patients because with neuropathy (loss of sensation to the feet) diabetics are at increased risk for problems if something were to penetrate a shoe…
Which brings me back to the campus for my sorority meeting. As I inspected my shoes this morning, I discovered two 1.5 inch pieces of brown glass (bottle of something?) penetrating the bottom of my shoe! Luckily, because of the depth of the shoe, I didn’t feel a thing and my foot was untouched. I just heard that ‘scratchy’ sound. It took 1 pair of forceps, 2 pairs of hands, and 1 podiatrist, but I got that glass out! Just imagine if I had on flip flops or ballet shoes!! I would be numbing up my own foot to get that glass out!!
A picture is worth 1000 words – so check these out! And make sure the soles of YOUR shoes can handle whatever they step in!!