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Maintaining Healthy Feet
Proper foot care is an extremely important for those with lymphedema of the lower extremities! This article contains information on how to prevent these problems.
GENERAL FOOT CARE
Any damage to the skin on your foot may be the opening that bacteria have been waiting for so they can move in and set up housekeeping at your expense!
IMPROPER FOOT WEAR
This photo is an excellent example of the kind of footwear that you should not be wearing!
These shoes are too small, do not fit properly, do not support the feet adequately, do not protect the feet, and undoubtedly are not comfortable!
Proper Foot Wear
Saying what NOT to do is easy. Now let’s talk the kind of shoes that you should be wearing.
Properly fitted shoes are a good investment! They can help to prevent foot problems. They also make you more comfortable, increase your mobility, and help you get the exercise that is so important.
Ask you therapist and or foot care specialist for help. Your podiatrist or chiropodist should be able to help you with good advice.
Shop for shoes at the time of the day when your foot is most swollen. For many of us, that is toward the end of the day. Also, if you wear a compression garment be sure to wear it when you are shoe shopping. This is essential because your shoes must accommodate this garment.
Do not compromise on the fit! You need shoes that is the appropriate size (long enough) and the proper width. Lace up or Velcro closure shoes all good flexibility in adjusting the fit of your shoes and your feet change size throughout the day.
Orthotics are special inserts, such as inner soles, that be placed in the shoes to improve your posture and your ability to walk properly. If you wear orthotics, place them in the shoes you are trying on. Orthotics can be custom made to the prescription of your foot doctor, recommended by your qualified shoe fitter, or purchased in the foot care section of your pharmacy.
If necessary, buy two different sizes of shoes. If only one leg is affected by lymphedema, you may find it necessary to buy two different shoe sizes. By searching the Internet for “Odd Size Shoes” you can find special services, such as National Odd Shoe Exchange, Wide Shoes, and Birkenstock Express all specialize in accommodating the need to purchase shoes "by the each" (i.e. in different sizes).
Properly fitting athletic shoes are usually your best choice. They have a wide toe box and are designed to provide good foot support and protection. A shoe with mesh top also allows for air flow that helps to keep your feet cool and dry.
Diabetic shoes might meet your needs. These shoes, which are designed to meet the specialized needs of diabetics, are available in larger and wider sizes, are made of a breathable material, and have a soft lining.
©LymphNotes.com 2011. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.
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