Foot Wear & Mobility Devices
What to Consider: Foot Wear for the Diabetic
Wearing well-fitting shoes should be a priority. They should be supportive, have low heels (less than 5 cm high) and should not rub or pinch. Shop at a reputable store with knowledgeable staff who are able to professionally fit your shoes. Do not wear high heels, pointed-to shoes, sandals (open toe or open heel) or worn out shoes. Remember to inspect your feet daily and in particular, feel for skin temperature differences between your feet. See also: Foot care.
What to Consider: Mobility Devices
Limited mobility is something that sometimes comes with age or debilitating diseases. There are many assistive devices and mobility products that have been introduced that are allowing individuals to get out and enjoy life. Mobility devices run the gamut, from simple canes and walkers to sophisticated scooters and electric wheelchairs.
How do you determine which mobility product is right for you?
It is important to remember that most mobility devices need to be measured to the proper size or length to suite each specific person. Discuss you mobility needs with your occupational therapist, physiotherapist or retailer.
Some organizations loan medical equipments while others sell or rent equipment.
For more information regarding financial assistance for the cost of mobility devices, visit the Funding section.